University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS) doctoral student Laura Christopherson has been awarded a 2012 Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from Beta Phi Mu, the International Library and Information Studies Honor Society.
The competitive fellowship, which is awarded annually to up to six recipients, is selected from all library and information science doctoral students across the nation, will officially be announced at the Beta Phi Mu General Assembly, held in conjunction with the ALA Annual Meeting held in Anaheim, California later this month. The amount awarded for each fellowship is $3,000.
Christopherson's dissertation proposal is titled, "Understanding Online Communication: Developing a Lexicon to Support Search, Capture, and Use." Dr. Stephanie Haas, professor, is her advisor and dissertation committee chair. Members of her dissertation committee include, Dr. Brian Sturm, associate professor; Dr. Barbara Wildemuth, associate dean for Academic Affairs; Dr. Jeff Pomerantz, associate professor; and Dr. Connie Eble, professor, UNC at Chapel Hill's English Department.
Beta Phi Mu "was founded in 1948 by a group of leading librarians and library educators to recognize and encourage scholastic achievement among library and information studies students. The motto, Aliis inserviendo consumor, meaning "Consumed in the service of others" was selected by the founders based on the concept of dedication of librarians and other information professionals to the service of others. Eligibility for membership in Beta Phi Mu is by invitation of the faculty from an American Library Association accredited professional degree program."