Alumna, Marla Sullivan, to be honored as Carolina Research Scholar

March 27, 2013

Marla SullivanMarla Sullivan (BSIS ’12), a recent alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS), will be honored next month for completing the Carolina Research Scholar Program (CRSP) during her time as an undergraduate. In addition to being recognized at next month’s ceremony, Sullivan will receive a designation on her transcript as a Carolina Research Scholar.

“The Carolina Research Scholar Program is a great way to encourage students to enroll in research-intensive courses, conduct and present original research, and become exposed to interdisciplinary research practices,” said Sullivan.

To complete the program and be designated a Research Scholar students must complete one multi-disciplinary course and two research-intensive courses. Students are also required to present their research at a professional conference or at the annual UNC Celebration of Undergraduate Research held in April.  Sullivan presented her research titled, “Building a Memory Palace in the Cloud: Instructional Technologies and the Method of Loci” last April. 

“As an undergrad, my research focused on instructional technologies,” Sullivan said. “I completed an undergraduate honors thesis as well. Since I was a BSIS major and Cognitive Science minor, I had a lot of opportunities for drawing on research from both disciplines.”

Marla SullivanSullivan believes CRSP was especially helpful to her as a BSIS student. 

“I think that this program is particularly relevant for BSIS students because of the nature of our discipline,” said Sullivan. “I found the experience itself to be very rewarding and the resulting transcript designation has proved an effective segue into discussions about my research background.”

Since graduating, Sullivan has been working with the UNC at Chapel Hill Information Technology Services Teaching and Learning department, which focuses on instructional technology applications and integration to support the University’s academic mission. In the fall, she hopes to be accepted into a Ph.D. program that focuses on Learning Sciences.

Congratulations to Marla for her excellent work.