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Subject: Call for Applicants: Paul Evan Peters Fellowship for Information Studies
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2020 18:10:00 -0400
The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) invites applicants for the

2020 Paul Evan Peters Fellowship
Applications due no later than May 24, 2020

The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship was established to honor and perpetuate the memory of CNI’s founding executive director. The fellowship is awarded every two years to students pursuing graduate studies in librarianship, the information sciences, or a closely related field, who demonstrates intellectual and personal qualities consistent with those of Paul Evan Peters, including:

–commitment to use of digital information and advanced technology to enhance scholarship, intellectual productivity, and public life;

–interest in the civic responsibilities of information professionals and a commitment to democratic values;

–positive and creative approach to overcoming personal, technological, and bureaucratic challenges, and

–humor, vision, humanity, and imagination.

Two fellowships will be awarded in 2020:

• One to a doctoral/ Ph.D. student in the amount of $5,000 per year, to be awarded two consecutive years.

• One to a master’s student in the amount of $2,500 per year, to be awarded two consecutive years.

The Award’s Impact: Comments & Updates from Fellowship Recipients

Laima Augustitis, the 2018 master’s award recipient, is working on her thesis about facilitators, barriers, and potential future directions for online transgender health information seeking. This work follows her summer internship with an IT firm in Seoul, South Korea.

Kristen Matteucci received the 2016 award for master’s students, completed her degree in 2018, and joined the Jenkins Law Library.

Jordan Eschler, who received the 2014 Peters Fellowship for doctoral students, used the award to design and execute research that she then presented at conferences. The award supported the research work itself, as well as travel to the events. One of her papers detailed a preliminary illness phase-based information behavior model for young adult cancer survivors, which will serve as the basis for her dissertation.

Olivia Dorsey was the recipient of the master’s level fellowship in 2014; her master’s project, “Visualizing Police Brutality,” focused on visualizing data relating to incidents of police brutality against unarmed African Americans from 1979-2014. 

Jessica A. Koepfler received the Peters fellowship in 2010, completed her degree in 2014, and then served as Managing Director at Intuitive Company, a user-centered research, design, and development firm. Koepfler commented, “The fellowship provided a source of funding that allowed me to commit myself to a ‘fringe’ topic like the study of values within the context of homelessness… The award … put a spotlight on me early on in my program, which had the snowball effect of people noticing me… I am truly grateful for the fellowship and credit it with being very instrumental to me particularly in those early years of my Ph.D. program.”

“The characteristics that have often been associated with Paul—positivity, creativity, humor, vision, humanity, and imagination—are, I hope, dimensions that I also bring to the work that I do as a scholar and as a teacher,” wrote Philip Edwards, 2004 fellowship recipient. Edwards credits the award with helping to broaden his professional horizons as a student: “Because of this funding, I was able to travel to conferences which I would have otherwise been unable to attend, and the interactions I had among other researchers and practitioners at these gatherings have been more valuable than I could have ever imagined.”

Christopher (Cal) Lee, who received the first Peters Fellowship, is currently a Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he teaches a variety of subjects, including archival administration, records management, digital curation, understanding information technology for managing digital collections, and the construction of digital repository rules.

Links to the application forms, as well as more information about the Paul Evan Peters Fellowship and the application process, are available at

Beth Secrist
Communications Consultant, CNI
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