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Guidelines

The ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation Award was established in 1974 and is administered by the Information Science Education Committee. Beginning in 1997, ProQuest, formerly University Microfilms International (UMI) undertook sponsorship of the award.

1. Nature of the Award

1.1 The award shall consist of an award of $1,000. Additionally, ProQuest will contribute $500 towards travel or other expenses to the grant recipient, contingent upon the recipient’s attending the ASIS&T annual meeting, and a certificate. The winner may be given the opportunity to present a summary of the doctoral research at the Doctoral Forum.

1.2 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.

1.3 Travel reimbursements will be made 4-6 weeks after receipts are submitted to HQ.

2. Purpose of the Award

2.1 The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding recent doctoral candidates whose research contributes significantly to an understanding of some aspect of information science. The award is intended to encourage participation of new Ph.D.s in the activities of a professional association by providing a forum for presentation of their research and assisting them with some travel support.

3. Eligibility 

3.1 Participation in the ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation Award is limited to those who have completed their doctorates since May of the year preceding that in which the award will be made.

3.2 Participation is not restricted to ASIS&T members.

3.3 Dissertations submitted shall fall within the scope of information science, including, but not limited to, the scope of JASIST: “the production, discovery, recording, storage, representation, retrieval, presentation, manipulation, dissemination, use, and evaluation of information and on the tools and techniques associated with these processes.

4. Administration

4.1 The ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation Award is sponsored by ProQuest and the Association-at-Large and is administered by the Information Science Education Committee.

5. Nominations

5.1 The Jury Chair shall write letters to the Deans/Directors of schools granting the Ph.D. in library/information science and related disciplines, inviting them to encourage recent graduates of their programs to enter the competition. There is no limit on the number of entries from a particular school.

5.2 The nomination package shall consist of the entire dissertation, and a letter of endorsement from the nominee’s dissertation advisor.

5.3 Nominations shall be addressed to ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation Award and submitted electronically to ASIS&T Headquarters by June 15.

5.4 ASIS&T Headquarters shall maintain an archival file of all entries and send an appropriate number of copies to the Jury.

6. Jury Committee

6.1 The ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation Award Jury shall be composed of seven members who serve for one year. The Jury Chair is appointed by the Chair of the Information Science Education Committee. The other five members of the Jury are selected from ASIS&T membership by the Chair of the Information Science Education Committee.

6.2 Members of the Jury may be reappointed once.

6.3 In the absence of qualified nominations, the Jury may act as a nominating committee by soliciting additional nominations and extending the deadline for nominations.

7. Selection of the Awardee

7.1 The Jury shall base its evaluation of the dissertation research submitted on the following criteria:
(a) Importance of the topic to theory development and/or practical applications in information science;
(b) soundness of methodology;
(c) organization and clarity of the presentation; and
(d) quality of data (when applicable).
7.2 The Jury shall use the following rating scale to score each of the criteria:
1 = outstanding
2 = good
3 = average
4 = below average
5 = poor

7.3 The Jury shall rate each submission using the ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation Evaluation Form and return all evaluations to the Jury Chair.

7.4 The Jury Chair shall compile the results and rank the contestants.

7.5 There will be one winner selected.

7.6 In the event that the Jury decides that none of the submitted dissertations should be recognized, no award may be given that year.

7.7 The Jury Chair shall communicate the jury’s decision to ProQuest, the ASIS&T President, the Chair of the Awards and Honors Committee, the chair of the Information Science Education Committee, and the ASIS&T Executive Director.

7.8 The Jury Chair shall provide a 50-250 word abstract, stating why the award was given. This abstract will be used to publicize the award. Material for this abstract can be taken from the voting rationales provided by the members of the jury.

7.9 The Jury Chair shall submit the nomination packets and the results of jury deliberations to ASIS&T Headquarters, after selection of the awardee(s) has been completed.

7.10 The ASIS&T Executive Director shall notify the author(s) of the winning dissertation, in advance of the ASIS&T annual meeting.

8. Presentation of the Award

8.1 The award shall be presented to the winner by the Chair of the Information Science Education Committee at the Annual Banquet.

9. Publicity

9.1 The award shall be publicized in the Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology and the Association website.  Publicity is the responsibility of ASIS&T Headquarters.

10. Deadlines

10.1 Appointments to the Jury Committee shall be made in advance of the award year and not later than the start of the ASIS&T annual meeting.

10.2 Nominations must be submitted to ASIS&T Headquarters by June 15. All nominations submitted shall be acknowledged upon receipt.

10.3 Selection shall be made and the ASIS&T President, the Chair of the Information Science Education Committee, the Chair of the Awards and Honors Committee, ProQuest, and the ASIS&T Executive Director shall be notified by 90 days before the start of the ASIS&T annual meeting.


 

ProQuest DOCTORAL DISSERTATION AWARD
EVALUATION FORM
Dissertation Title:

Author:

Evaluation

Rating Quality
______ Importance of Topic
______ Soundness of Methodology
______ Organization and Clarity of Presentation
______ Quality of Data (where applicable)

Please use this rating scale:
1 = outstanding
2 = good
3 = average
4 = below average
5 = poor

Comments:
Signature of Juror and Date

Please return completed evaluation form to Chair, ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation Award Jury.

____________ For ____________ Against ____________ Abstain


 

[Approved by Board: 10/31/91][revised 5/95][revised 10/96][revised 6/97]