Students Win SSHRC, ARMA, ARL Awards

UBC iSchool students are distinguishing themselves as scholars on the national and international stage, earning several awards for academic promise and excellence. Scott Owens is the third UBC iSchool student to win a Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council this year. Seven students – Kane Klemic, Valérie Léveillé, Lara Mancuso, Victoria Ostrzenski, Kevin Owen, Joy Rowe, and Isabel Taylor – have won awards from the ARMA International Educational Foundation, and two students, Ebony Magnus and Amber Saundry, were selected as Diversity Scholars under the Association of Research Libraries’ Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce.

Scott Owens, a student in the Dual MAS/MLIS program, joins returning MAS student Isabel Taylor and new MLIS student Erin Peters in winning a Canada Graduate Scholarship at the master’s level from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the major funding body for social science research in Canada. Only 61 awards were given to UBC master’s students in total, so this is a significant achievement.

ARMA International Educational Foundation, which recently chose the School’s Master of Archival Studies as the inaugural winner of its Academic Excellence Award, presented ten graduate awards for 2012. Of the seven Graduate Education Awards, six went to UBC SLAIS students (Kane, Lara, Victoria, Kevin, Joy and Isable), all in either the Dual MAS/MLIS or the MAS program. Valérie, a Dual MAS/MLIS student won the Mavis Eppes Scholarship for Excellence in Records Management Scholarship. Read the full announcement for information on each of the award winners and their research.

The Association of Research Libraries annually selects Diversity Scholars from across North America. This year, 14 scholars were chosen, with two winners from UBC. Ebony Magnus is a current student in the MLIS program, entering her second year. Amber Saundry is beginning her studies this month in the MLIS program. In addition to funding, the award includes leadership development and short placement at Purdue University Libraries. View the full announcement. New MLIS graduate Jennifer Garrett, who was a Diversity Scholar for 2011-12, has accepted a two-year position as a Library Fellow with the North Carolina State University Library, in Raleigh NC.

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