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Awards & Recognition

Winner, Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) “Special Interest Group-Social Media (SIG-SM) Research Award,” for “Hashtags for Gatekeeping of Information on Social Media,” a paper co-authored with Iman Tahamtan, October 2021

ASIS&T “SIG of the Year” Award to SIG-International Information Issues, under my leadership as the Chair of SIG-III, September 2021

Winner, ALISE/Bohdan S. Wynar Research Paper Competition, “Social Innovations in Public Libraries: Types and Challenges,” a paper co-authored with Joseph Winberry, May 2021 [SIS News]

SIG Member of the Year Award, Association for Information Science and Technology, October 2020

Faculty Fellow for Technology-Enhanced Learning, $11,250, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, June 2020

Faculty Teaching Award, $500, College of Communication and Information, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, May 2020

Gloria and Dave Sharrar Research Fellow, $5,000, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, May 2020

US Permanent Residency in EB1B Outstanding Researcher Category, December 2019

C. W. (Bud) Minkel International/Intercultural Research Award, College of
Communication and Information, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, October 2019

Associate Professor Devendra Potnis to be Recognized by CCI for International Work, August 2019

Bonnie Carroll and Roy Cooper Faculty Award, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, May 2019

Finalist, 2019 Best Short Research Paper Award, iConference 2019, Washington, DC.

Where Digital Literacy, Social Media, and Fighting Corruption Converge, Oct 2018

The Informed Librarian Online selected my research article on factors influencing undergraduate use of e-Books as the “Article of Interest” for October 2018 issue

Selected for Diplomacy Lab Program, U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya, Project title: Digital Literacy and Good Governance, Spring 2018

Three Professors Selected to Participate in Diplomacy Lab Program, Law and Politics section, University of Tennessee News, November 2017

Selected for Diplomacy Lab Program, U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin, Project title: Leveraging the Use of WhatsApp to Spread the U.S. Message, Spring 2017

The Informed Librarian Online selected my research article on developing mobile apps for libraries as the “Article of Interest” for November 2016 issue

Global Health Hub published news article on my research: “8 Economic Barriers Responsible for India’s Gender Digital Divide, January 2016

Gloria and Dave Sharrar Research Fellow, Research Award of $5,000, University of Tennessee, May 2015

One of 17 faculty selected by the University of Tennessee to attend National Institutes of Health’s Bi-annual Regional Seminar, Baltimore, MD, May 6-8, 2015

One of 14 faculty selected for the University of Tennessee’s Office of Research & Engagement’s Summer Grant Writing Institute, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 2014

Nominated for “Best Teaching Award” by the School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 2013

Mobilizing power: Potnis studies what happens when the world’s poorest women own phones, Scoop Magazine, Fall 2012 issue

Junior Faculty Consortium Fellow, International Conference on Information Systems, December, 16-19, 2012

“Scholar of the Week” awarded by the Office of Research, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, September 23-30, 2012

Bonnie Carroll and Roy Cooper Faculty Enrichment Award, $500, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, May 2012

Research article recognized as “Featured Online Article” by IEEE Technology & Society, 2011

Selected for Doctoral Colloquium, iConference 2009, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, February 2009

iGov Research Institute Fellow, Tuition Fees Waiver Award sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, & The University of Washington, June 20-28, 2009

Best Poster Award, 4th New Trends in Informatics Research Conference, University at Albany, State University of New York, 2009

Selected for the “Advanced Post-Graduation Diploma in Software Technology” by the National Center for Software Technology, Mumbai, India, 2001 [70 out of 8,500 computer engineers were selected through an all-India entrance examination.]

“Youngest Astrologer in India,” Maharashtra Jyotish Sanshodhan Mandal – Felicitated by Mayor of Pune City, India, 2001 [Completed 4-year training in astrology & palmistry]

Held 19th rank among 1.1 million students in the S.S.C. (10th Grade) Examination, India, 1995

Maharashtra State Scholarship for Three Consecutive Academic Years, India, 1989-92