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SIS Student Awards Program

The faculty of the School of Information Sciences (SIS) offer a series of awards to acknowledge student achievement.

Gary R. Purcell Award

The Gary R. Purcell Award honors the memory of the school's first director. The faculty present this award to a student who shows unusual promise as a leader in the field of information sciences, in research and innovation, intellectual activity and creativity and management. It is an award for overall excellence rather than excellence in any one particular area alone. For the purpose of this award, "leadership" is defined as the ability to make a significant change for the better for a group of people, a technology or institution, and to advance the intellectual discipline of the information sciences.

Academic Achievement Award

The purpose of the Academic Achievement Award is to recognize a student for excellence in academic work, such as coursework, presentations, thesis, and/or manuscripts submitted for publication.

Outstanding Service Award

The purpose of the Outstanding Service Award is to recognize a student who has shown exemplary, continuous, dedicated, and voluntary service to the SIS community.

Best Paper Award

The Best Paper Award recognizes excellence in writing, research and critical thinking. It is limited to research papers that contain some original contribution by the student. Deadeline for nominations is March 22. Submit Nominations Here.

Best Project Award

The Best Project Award recognizes outstanding work that is not a research paper. Projects might include a website or other electronic resource, collection development plan, database design and/or implementation, instructional materials, systems analysis plan and/or implementation, information visualization, or other projects that demonstrate the integration of theoretical and technical knowledge. Deadeline for nominations is March 22. Submit Nominations Here.

Outstanding Masters Thesis Award

The Outstanding Master's Thesis Award recognizes excellence in the preparation, execution and presentation of original research. Awards may not be given every year. This award will be conferred at the School's Hooding and Awards Ceremony in May. Learn more about the award here.

Outstanding ePortfolio Award

The Outstanding ePortfolio Award recognizes excellence in ePortfolio developed as a capstone achievement. This award will be conferred at the School's Hooding and Awards Ceremony in May. The winner(s) must agree to make the winning ePortfolio(s) accessible to SIS community as examples for students and for internal and external program accreditation committees. Learn more about the award here.