Two incoming students to the undergraduate program of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been awarded $1,000 merit-based scholarships. Kimberly Hii and Melissa Ferens will enter the Bachelor of Science in Information Science program this fall. The scholarships are awarded spring and fall semesters to students who meet the criteria of high scholastic achievement and a stellar essay.
"I'm incredibly grateful for the SILS scholarship," said Kimberly Hii. "I look forward to gaining skills and knowledge that are relevant to the job market, and also applicable to daily life in our interactions with information. I'm definitely excited to be joining the program at SILS."
Ferens is also eager to begin the program.
“I'm very grateful to the Undergraduate Committee for awarding me this scholarship because it will help me achieve my dream of becoming an information science professional,” said Ferens. “The education I’ll receive will provide me with the tools to reach my goal of supporting reading, literacy and learning.”
Hii and Ferens join a rapidly-growing undergraduate major. Even in difficult economic conditions, the BSIS at SILS is one of the most promising in terms of job prospects. 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 with career opportunities that exist for graduates with degrees in information science excellerating. 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. Information professionals know where information originates, how it flows within organizations and how it is managed and used.
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, MetLife 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
Upper right photo is Kimberly Hii.