Purpose of the Award

The purpose of this award is to encourage student research and writing in the field of information science.


The nomination must meet the following qualifications:

  • Author must be enrolled (or have been enrolled at time of authorship) in a Masters-level degree program or equivalent. Doctoral students are not eligible.
  • Papers must fall into the scope of JASIST and must be endorsed by a faculty sponsor.
  • Papers should be original manuscripts (not previously published) and should not be submitted to other publications or groups while they are being considered by the Jury.
  • Papers must be written and formatted in accordance with JASIST style guidelines.
  • Author must be a current member in good standing of ASIS&T.


Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Technical competence in information science (18%)
  • Significance of information science findings (18%)
  • Originality (18%)
  • Clarity of expression (18%)
  • Compliance with JASIST instructions (10%)
  • Style (9%)
  • Organization (9%)

Nominations Process

Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 pm US Pacific Time on the deadline date.

Nominations must include:

  • A cover letter;
  • The paper, carrying no author identification; and
  • At least one and no more than two letters of endorsement from faculty sponsors.

Previous year’s nominations may be re-considered by the Jury.

Selection Process

Award winners shall be selected by a jury composed of ASIS&T members.

  • Each of the nominations shall be scored by the selection criteria. The winner is the paper with the highest total score, with an average score of at least 80 points. In case of a tie, the top-scoring nominees should be re-evaluated.
  • The Jury shall make one award or none, but reserves the right to designate runners-up, if the quality of the entries so merit.

Nature of the Award

The Best Student Research Award was established in 1972 and is administered by the ASIS&T Information Science Education Committee. Since 1996 it has been sponsored by Pratt Institute, School of Information and Library Science, on behalf of the late David Severn, a 1968 Pratt Alumnus. The award shall consist of up to $500 towards meeting registration and travel expenses for the ASIS&T annual meeting, a certificate, and the opportunity to present the research at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. If runners-up are designated, they will receive letters of “honorable mention,” signed by the ASIS&T President, but shall not share in the award.

Presentation of the Award

The award shall be presented at the Awards Ceremony held during the ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

Important Dates

  • Jury Appointment: March 15
  • Submission Deadline: March 31
  • Selection Deadline: May 15


[Approved by Board: 10/31/91][revised 5/95][revised 10/96][revised 2/18]