Master's Student, Erin Nell Morris, Wins 2014 SILS Elfreda Chatman Research Award

February 27, 2014

Erijn MorrisErin Nell Morris, Master's student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of information and Library Science (SILS), is the recipient of the spring 2014 SILS Elfreda Chatman Research Award for her student research proposal entitled, "Comparative usability testing of role-based and topic-based menu structure in health information websites for researchers and older adults."

The faculty committee that judged the nominations noted that Erin's research proposal was “focused and clear in its objectives and applicability,” and her “methods were lucid and thoughtful, and her topic was timely.” 

"I am deeply grateful to the award committee for this recognition," said Morris. "This honor is especially meaningful to me because of Elfreda Chatman's own research on the information behaviors of older adults."  

Morris has received a check for $150 to assist with her research efforts and she will also be recognized during with a framed certificate during her graduation ceremony.

Elfreda Chatman Fund Awards

The Elfreda Chatman Award was created by the SILS Alumni Association in 2003 to honor Dr. Elfreda Chatman's interest in original research. Chatman, who joined the SILS faculty in 1983, earned her Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley. Her dissertation, "The Diffusion of Information: A Study of the Working Poor," earned the American Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Best Dissertation Award in 1984.

Proposals submitted as part of the Research Methods (INLS 780) course are eligible for this award.