Students Win National Fellowship, Scholarships

Students at SLAIS, the iSchool at UBC, continue to earn national and international awards and accolades at all stages of their programs of study. Congratulations are in order for graduating Dual MAS/MLIS student Kevin Read, selected for a prestigious 2012 National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship, MAS student Isabel Taylor and incoming MLIS student Erin Peters for earned Canada Graduate Scholarships for master’s students from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and to incoming Dual MAS/MLIS student Grant Hurley, who has won the Dafoe Scholarship from the Canadian Library Association.

Kevin, who is completing his Dual MAS/MLIS program this summer and will be conferred in November, is one of only four candidates selected for the prestigious NLM Associate Fellowship program in Washington D.C. He will take up the fellowship in September, spending a year with NLM exploring the role of research and development in providing biomedical information services to the health professions, and examining current issues and trends affecting the library and information fields.
Isabel applied for the SSHRC scholarship last fall, having just begun her MAS program, while Erin applied while still completing her BA at the University of Alberta. SSHRC scholarship program is highly competitive, and fewer than 60 were awarded to UBC students at the master’s level.
Grant’s selection for the Dafoe Scholarship was one of two made by CLA. In announcing the 2012 awards, CLA scholarships jury member Karen Darby noted competition was intense, but that the two final winners “stood out as having the potential to make outstanding contributions to the field.”

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