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Helena Häußler to Receive ASIS&T Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship Award

The Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) is delighted to announce that Helena Häußler is the 2023 recipient of the ASIS&T Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship Award.

Helena Häußler, M.A., is a research assistant at the Department of Information at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. She is working on her doctoral research project “Trust in Search Engines“ (working title). Further research interests include information and data ethics and information literacy. She holds a M.A. degree in Information Science from Humboldt University Berlin and a B.A. degree in Library Management from University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. During her master programme, Helena spent an Erasmus semester at the School of Information at University of Copenhagen

In his nomination of Häußler for the award, Dirk Lewandowski, PhD, Professor Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Häußler doctoral supervisor, remarked, “The proposed research aims to investigate to what extent users trust search engines, how trust is built and which consequences trusting search engines implies. The work is based on an extensive review of the literature from multiple fields and aims to develop a new instrument for measuring trust for technical artefacts like search engines. This research will make a significant contribution to the field of information science.”

Upon learning of her selection as the 2023 ASIS&T Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship winner, Häußler said, “I am really honored to have been selected as the recipient of ASIS&T's Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship. Receiving this award is an important validation of my research efforts, and the prize will be an important support for my upcoming studies. The recognition expressed by the jury’s decision gives me some additional motivation to finish my Ph.D. research project successfully!

The Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship was established in 1981 and fosters research in information science by recognizing the year’s most outstanding doctoral dissertation proposal while encouraging and assisting doctoral students in the field with their dissertation research. Candidates are evaluated on the following criteria: Potential significance of research to the field of information science; Validity of methodology and proposed methods of analysis; originality and creativity; clarity and completeness of the proposal; presentation of a convincing plan for completion in a reasonable amount of time; and evidence of a continuing interest in scholarship, such as, a previous publication record.

Häußler will receive the award at the 2023 meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) which will be held 27-31 October in London.