Evaluated by the same rigorous standards as papers submitted for the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, the best student research paper is judged on technical competence, significance of findings, originality and clarity of expression.  The Award recognizes the outstanding work of a current student in a degree-granting program in the information field and has been sponsored by Pratt Institute since 1996.

Past recipients of the Pratt-Severn Best Student Research Paper Award:

2014
Curt Arledge
Filled-in vs. Outline Icons: The Impact of Icon

2013
Hilary Zelko
Reasoning About Relevance

2012
April Lynne Earle
Design of an Application Profile for the St. John’s University Oral History Collection

2011
Brooks Breece
Local Government Use of Web GIS in North Carolina

2009
Katie O’Leary
Information Seeking in the Context of a Hobby: A Case Study of a Young Adult with Asperger’s Syndrome

2008
Ann K. Irvine (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Natural Language Processing and Temporal Information Extraction in Emergency Department Triage Notes

2005
Mary Gabehart
An Analysis of Citations to Retracted Articles in the Scientific Literature

2004
Tori Orr (Drexel University)
Review of Literature: Representing Personal Histories in a Social Context

2002
Elizabeth Zogby (Drexel University)
Representing Oral History: Challenges and Opportunities for Content-Based Retrieval

2001
Brian Hilligoss (University of North Carolina)
The Role of Web Home Page Information Elements in User-Site Orientation Efforts

2000
Karen Weaver (University at Albany, SUNY)
Cataloging Internet Resources at MIT and UC San Diego Libraries

1999
Kelly Maglaughlin (University of North Carolina)
Use of Relevance Criteria

1997
Melinda Axel (Drexel University)
Data Warehouse Design for Pharmaceutical Drug Discovery Research

1996
Mark Spasser (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
The Enacted Fate of Undiscovered Knowledge

1995
Jin Zhang (University of Pittsburgh)
A Tool for the Visualization of Information Retrieval

1992
Corinne Jorgensen (Syracuse University)
Problem Statements and Information Need

1990
Charlotte Weise (University of Pittsburgh)
An Examination of Two Computational Approaches to Reasoning by Analogy

1989
Dale Boles (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
The Effect of Subject Matter Familiarity on Inter-Indexer Consistency, Number of Index Terms Supplied and Indexer Use of Author Terminology

1988
Charlotte Weise and Stuart McLean (University of Pittsburgh)
DIGRESS: A Deductive Interface to a Relational Database

1987
Dudee Chiang (University of Illinois)
Application of Bradford Distribution to Online Search Results: An Online Bibliometric Study

1986
P.F. Anderson (University of Michigan)
Technological and Non-Technological Gatekeepers: An Overview of the Literature

1985
Becky Brass (University of Minnesota)
Structural Analysis as as framework for Understanding and Coping with the Threat of Special Library Mortality

1984
Susan Hayles (University of Minnesota)
Memory Functions in Reference Search Strategies: Observations from Verbatim Accounts of Searches in Process

1982
Donna Rubens (University of Minnesota)
Cognitive Strategy and the Search Process: A Four-Fold Dual Context Memory Representation

1981
Christine L. Borgman (Stanford University)
Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Human Interaction with Computers

1980
Janet L. Chapman (Drexel University)
A State of Transition Analysis of Online Information-Seeking Behavior

1979
Brigitte Huybrechts (University of Maryland)
The Impact of Information on the Decision-Making Process

1978
Virginia Kosanovic (University of California, Berkeley)
A Statistical Survey of Chemical Engineering Journals: In-House Library Use, Citation Analysis and the Use of Parameter Weighting for Ranking and Evaluation

1977
Judy Chow (University of California, Los Angeles)
A Radical Pattern Assembling Method for Creating Kanji (Chinese Ideographs) for an Online Japanese Bibliographic Information Retrieval System

1976
Patricia J. Zimmerman (Case Western Reserve University)
Principles of Design for Information Systems

1974
Linda C. Smith (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Systematic Searching of Abstracts and Indexes in Interdisciplinary Areas

1973
Suzanne M. Strong (Ohio State University)
An Algorithm for Generating Structural Surrogates of English Text

1972
Vera Melnyk (Syracuse University)
Man-Machine Interface: Frustration