News Category: awards-&-honors

iSchool Students Awarded ALA Spectrum Scholarships

July 8, 2015

Every year, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Diversity awards 60 Spectrum Scholarships to graduate students excelling in the field of library and information studies. This year’s recipients include three students from the UT School of Information: Maria Barker, Alia Gant, and Maria Fernandez. 

Hyun Joon Jung Receives 2015 Samsung Human-Tech Paper Award

Feb. 7, 2015

Hyun Joon Jung, a PhD candidate in the School of Information (iSchool) at the University of Texas at Austin, was awarded a distinguished Silver Prize in Computer Science at the 21st Annual International Samsung Human-Tech Paper Awards, held on February 11, 2015.

MSIS Student Alia Gant Awarded 2014-2016 ARL Diversity Scholar

Oct. 9, 2014

iSchool Masters student, Alia Gant, has been selected as one of 13 MLIS/MSIS Diversity Scholars for 2014-2016. The Diversity Scholars program is part of the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

William Aspray Awarded $125,000 by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Oct. 9, 2014

William Aspray, the Bill and Lewis Suit Professor of Information Technologies at the School of Information, has been awarded $125,000 by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to study the history of IT Education and its relation to broadening the IT workforce in the United States. The award is the first of its kind for the UT School of Information.

Jacek Gwizdka Receives Google Research Award

Sept. 12, 2014

Jacek Gwizdka, Assistant Professor in the School of Information and co-Director of the Information eXperience Lab at University of Texas at Austin, and Dania Bilal, a Professor in the iSchool of Information Sciences at University of Tennessee, and have received a $41,363 Google Research Award for a project titled "Child-friendly search engine results pages (SERPs): Towards better understanding of Google search results readability by children." In this project, Drs. Bilal and Gwizdka will investigate how children read and assess the reading levels of Google's search results pages (SERPs).

Diane Bailey Awarded Over $1 Million NSF Grant

July 31, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas - The National Science Foundation has awarded just over $1 million to Diane Bailey, Associate Professor at the School of Information, to study the factors that may predict project success and guide decisions about funding, designing, and implementing major projects intended to use information and communication technology for socio-economic development.

Masters Program Re-Accredited To 2021

July 15, 2014

 

The School of Information's Master of Science in Information Studies program received notice of re-accreditation from the American Library Association. The decision was based on the Program Presentation, the External Review Panel Report, all of the reports the program submitted since the last comprehensive review, and the the June 28th meeting with the dean and chair of the ERP. The next comprehensive review visit is scheduled for Spring 2021.

iSchool Alumna Honored at the White House

April 1, 2014

Some educators at a White House gathering said they were hesitant at first to bring new technology into their classrooms. Austin's Eanes school district librarian Carolyn Foote said her attitude has always been, "Why not?" Foote said the "aha moment" where she understood the importance of iPads was while working with a disabled student. He didn't have the fine motor skills to turn the pages of books, but he could flip through pages on an iPad. It gave the student a level of independence he never had before, and Foote wanted to share that independence with all students.

iSchool Alum, Phil Metzger, Pays it Forward by Funding a Student Scholarship

Feb. 28, 2014

Just as the new school year began, the iSchool received a generous gift to directly support a student studying in the area of rare books and conservation. Dr. Metzger decided the best way to ensure the continuing scholarly focus in the area most meaningful to him was to designate his annual gift as a student scholarship in rare books and conservation.