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Our 2020 SIS Special Student Awards

Special Student Awards

Each year the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences gives several awards in recognition of achievement, and for students’ contributions to the information professions and to information sciences scholarship. These are our 2020 special student awards and recipients.


The Gary Purcell Award honors the memory of Gary Purcell, the school’s founding director. This award is presented 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.

Sarah Gonzalez photo

Gary R. Purcell Award – Sarah Gonzalez

Sarah Gonzalez said it was a surreal feeling when she was announced as the recipient of the 2020 SIS Gary Purcell Award, which honors a student for overall excellence and who shows promise as a leader in the field of information sciences. Read more >>


The School of Information Sciences is one of four schools in the College of Information and Communication, and each year faculty from each of the four schools select one of their graduates to be recognized by the college. 

Lisa CurtinCCI Outstanding Information Sciences Graduate Award – Lisa Curtin

Lisa Curtin said that learning she was the recipient of the 2020 CCI Outstanding Information Sciences Graduate Award was some much-needed news, and that she was pleasantly surprised to learn of the honor. Read more >>


At the heart of information sciences is service to others. The SIS outstanding service awrd is presented to a student who has shown exemplary continuous, dedicated, and voluntary service to the SIS community and beyond.

KristenOutstanding Service Award – Kristen McBee

Kristen McBee said that receiving the news that she is the recipient of the 2020 SIS Outstanding Service Award was humbling and unexpected. But perhaps it shouldn’t have been – McBee has gone above and beyond in her service to the school and information sciences. Read more >>


The SIS academic achievement award is presented to one or more students for excellence in academic work such as coursework presentations, thesis and or manuscripts submitted for publication during their time in the program.

Meg Doolin ThumbnailAcademic Achievement Award – Megg Doolin

Megg Doolin, a recipient of the 2020 SIS Academic Achievement Award, first found her interest in libraries when she was a work study student at the Rhodes College library, her undergraduate alma mater. Read more >> 

 

Al SalatkaAcademic Achievement Award – Albert Salatka

Albert Salatka said he has pushed himself hard throughout his time in the MSIS program, yet was still pleasantly surprised to learn he was the recipient of the 2020 SIS Academic Achievement Award. Read more >>