Two $1,000 merit-based scholarships for newly admitted undergraduates in the UNC at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Bachelor’s in Information Science (BSIS) degree program have been awarded to Catherine Ayres and Zach Williams. 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 2014.
“I am interested in combining the BSIS with a major in Health Policy and Management because it could ultimately allow me to use my interest in technology to improve the delivery of healthcare,” said Ayres. “SILS provides fantastic opportunities to gain experience in the field of information science, and I'm excited to explore the possibilities.”
“Information science is an emerging field and UNC's school is very well regarded,” Williams said. “The business landscape has shifted rapidly from one of scarce information to one of overabundant information, so it is important to know how to manage it. I'm honored to be recognized as a promising student and grateful for a little bit of money toward my tuition.”
Ayres and Williams 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). Recruiters from major companies come to SILS to meet the students and to ensure the students are aware of their organization as a possible institution for employment.
About the BSIS Program
Information science 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