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SIG SM Competition Award Recipients 2021

Purpose of the Award

This award is a lifetime achievement award that recognizes sustained contributions to and/or achievements in the field of information science and/or the professions in which it is practiced. Such contributions may include 1) scholarly contributions to the advancement of our field, such as the expression of new ideas, the creation of new technologies, the development of better techniques, or substantial research efforts which have led to further development of thought or devices or applications, or 2) other outstanding contributions to the field/profession of information science, as evidenced by successful efforts in the educational, social, or political processes affecting the profession.


The Special Interest Group for Social Media (SIG SM) is delighted to announce the winners of the 2021 ASIS&T SIG SM Awards.


  • COVID-19 in the Twitterverse, from epidemic to pandemic: information-sharing behavior and Twitter as an information carrier
    Miyoung Chong (University of Virginia,), Han Woo Park (YeungNam University)
  • Promoting users' intention to share online health articles on social media: The role of confirmation bias
    Haiping Zhao (Wuhan University), Shaoxiong Fu (Nanjing Agricultural University), Xiaoyu Chen (Nanyang Technological University
  • Hashtags for gatekeeping of information on social media
    Devendra Potnis (University of Tennessee), Iman Tahamtan (University of Tennessee)


We had several excellent nominations this year. Each nominated paper received three reviews from social media scholars. Evaluation criteria were based on contribution to the social media field, professional merit, and presentation quality. The award jury selected three papers, including the winner ($200), runner-up ($150), and honorable mention ($100). The order of the award winners will be announced in the workshop after presentations. We would especially like to thank all of our paper reviewers for their support of SIG SM: we could not ensure such a high quality of review without their help.


We look forward to the opportunity to congratulate winners in-person or virtually and present them with an award certificate and the accompanying gift card at the SIG Social Media Workshop on October 29, 2021, in Salt Lake City, UT. For more details on and to register for the Full-Day Workshop on Social Media Research, Challenges, and Opportunities, please go to