Gabrielle Matalon and Dylan Tastet, two newly-admitted Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) students at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), have been selected to receive $1,000 scholarships for the spring 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.
Matalon, a sophomore from Maplewood, N.J., is majoring in information science and considering a minor in Hispanic studies. “I decided to major in information science because I always had an interest in how our actions leave behind a trail of information,” she said. “When I came to UNC, I realized that this major could help me delve deeper into and make better sense of this hidden world.”
Matalon doesn’t have set career plans yet, but she wants to further explore the way people interact with the information and technology that is becoming a constant part of their lives. Since declaring her major, she has become even more confident that SILS is the best place for her to pursue her interests.
“I know I made the right choice applying to SILS because of how welcoming it has been,” Matalon said. “I am honored to receive this scholarship. To me, it demonstrates how the faculty and staff here recognize my commitment to and passion for the subject.”
Tastet, a sophomore from Apex, N.C., is majoring in computer science and information science. He saw the study of information as a necessary counterpart to his computer science education.
“I want to learn how to architect systems and software that are not only technically sound, but also well organized and satisfying to their users,” Tastet said.
He is still unsure of where his degree will take him — he finds information retrieval to be of particular interest right now — but he is optimistic that he’ll find an area of specific interest as he continues his studies with the help of the scholarships from SILS.
“Receiving this scholarship is a great honor,” Tastet said. “I think it is an indication that I have taken a step in the right direction.”