$1,000 scholarships for BSIS program awarded

October 31, 2012

Two $1,000 merit-based scholarships for newly admitted undergraduates in SILS’ bachelor’s in information science degree program have been awarded to Keith Morris and Mary Peterson. The scholarships, which are awarded spring and fall semesters to students who meet the criteria of high scholastic achievement and a stellar essay, will be effective spring 2013.

"It is an exciting time to be a student of Information Science," said Morris. "Ordinary people all over the world are using information tools to accomplish extraordinary things, mobilizing thousands of volunteers to meet the needs of societies. I am so honored and excited to join the SILS team and look forward to honing my ability to build not just tools, but opportunities for the people who use them." 

"I am so lucky to get the chance to join the SILS community and am thrilled and honored to receive this scholarship," said Peterson. "I plan to use the skills and knowledge I gain from this program to examine the intersection of government, citizens and information and find ways to streamline interactions and accessibility. I love that this program gives me a strong framework to approach these topics."

Mary PetersonMorris and Peterson join a rapidly-growing undergraduate major, and, even in difficult economic conditions, one of the most promising in terms of job prospects. A 2009 “First Destination Survey” by the University's Career Services found that students graduating with a bachelor's degree in information science had the highest rate of employment (85.7 percent). UNC at Chapel Hill has the only bachelor’s in information science degree program in North Carolina.

Next spring, two $1,000 scholarships will once again be offered for the fall 2013 semester for newly admitted students in the BSIS major who meet the criteria.

About the BSIS Program

The BSIS curriculum is the only program of its kind in North Carolina and one of only a few nationwide. It is one of the fastest growing fields in the nation.

The career opportunities that exist for graduates with degrees in information science are growing at a rapid pace. According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 30 fastest-growing occupations from now until 2016 include a number of information science occupations.

Information science is the study of information—it combines working with people, designing technology and developing information content. As an information science major, students might get involved in designing or developing the Web site that reports the scores of Tar Heel teams.
The student would be concerned with the people trying to view the site (True-Blue fans), the technology used to support the site (the Web and a database behind the Web site itself ), and the game scores (along with relevant quotes from the players, news items, etc.). Information
professionals play an increasingly important role in all types of information age organizations, enabling users to access the information they need.

Our graduates go into positions of:

  • Social Media Managers (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • Web Masters
  • Knowledge Management Analysts
  • Information Technology Analysts
  • Analysts, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuation
  • Corporate Bloggers
  • Web Security Specialists
  • And many more!

Graduates go on to work at organizations such as Apple, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Credit Suisse, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Progress Energy, SAS, CISCO, the Department of Homeland Security, Aetna, Lulu Enterprises and the United States Census Bureau, to name just a few.

Some of the exciting, emerging and growing fields of information science that students may wish to explore include:

• Social Networking (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
• Open Culture: Open Source Software, Open Access
• Intelligence: market intelligence, business and competitive intelligence
• Search Engine Marketing or Search Engine Optimization
• Cyber and Internet Security
• Data Forensics: e-discovery, data recovery
• Scientific Informatics