Emily Crockett and Luman Ouyang, two newly-admitted Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS), have been selected to receive $1,000 scholarships for the fall semester. The merit-based scholarships are awarded in the spring and fall to two incoming BSIS students who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement and written outstanding essays.
Crockett is an information science and art history double major. “I hope to be a museum curator in the future, which focuses a lot on how information is presented to an audience and how a particular idea about a collection of pieces can be portrayed for the most impact,” she said. “Furthermore, digital humanities is a growing field that I hope to integrate with traditional curatorship.”
Receiving the BSIS program scholarship had both practical and emotional significance for Crockett. “I grew up with a single mom, so obviously every penny helps, but the fact that the selection committee believed in me enough to consider me means the world,” she said. “I feel incredibly blessed to be in a major that offers so much support for their students.”
Ouyang, an international student from Shenzhen, China, said she is excited to see how traditional industries are changing through the use of newly developed information systems and big data. She believes the BSIS program will help her gain both the technical and communication skills needed to be part of this revolution.
“I am looking forward to helping build platforms that improve information transparency in traditional industries to improve efficiency,” she said.
Ouyang said she was honored to receive the scholarship. “I am definitely encouraged to further explore the field of information science and contribute to it,” she said.
Photo: Emily Crocket, left, and Luman Ouyang, right.