iSchool welcomes i3 Scholars in June!


The School of Information Sciences is pleased to welcome the incoming cohort of i3 scholars – participants in the 2013 iSchool Inclusion Institute.  Beginning on June 2nd, the 20 members of the 2013 cohort will take up residence for a month at the iSchool, initiating their exploration of the Information Sciences as well as potential academic and career opportunities available with advanced study in the discipline.

The i3 project is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is designed to encourage undergraduate students from underrepresented groups to consider graduate study – and perhaps, joining the professoriate --in the Information Sciences.  i3 scholars learn about the Information Field through a series of events and projects during a four-week summer institute in Year One; participation in a yearlong research project; and a two-week concluding institute in Year Two. All courses and workshops will be taught by a team of faculty, doctoral students, and professionals from iSchools across the United States, an international coalition of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field in the 21st Century. While each individual iSchool has its own strengths and specializations, together they share a fundamental interest in the relationships between information, people, and technology. More information about the iCaucus and its members can be found at

While here, the Scholars will participate in more than 50 workshops and seminars on the theoretical foundations and practical applications of developments in the Information Sciences, the critical knowledge and skills for success both in the Information Professions and in graduate school, and the depth and breadth of research projects taking place in the field. Matching the diversity of the Information Field and the iSchools, the program calls for workshops on topics ranging from “Entrepreneurship, Security & Technology” to “Information for All: Access as a Civil Right and the Dangers of the Digital Divide” and “The Dark Side of Social Media.” In addition to a myriad of academic and professional development learning opportunities, the i3 will bring in speakers and lecturers specifically for the Institute – this will provide an outsider’s view of the needs of society, business, and individuals for those who will create and manage the flow of information in the future. For example, the Opening Keynote will be delivered by William Strickland, Trustee to the University of Pittsburgh as well as President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries. The Opening event will take place on June 5, 2013 in Room 548 of the University of Pittsburgh’s William Pitt Union. This event is open to the public, but reservations are required and can be made at .

A complete description of the i3 program and the 2013 Institute is available at  Please join us in welcoming the 2013 cohort of i3 Scholars:

2013 i3 Scholars:

Odemaris Carrasquillo

University of Puerto Rico
Chemical Engineering

Katelynn Dreeze

Miami University of Ohio
English Literature

Krystal Flemings

University of Texas at El Paso

Nia Hampton

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Media and Communication Studies

Hannah Hiles

North Carolina Central University
English Literature

Erik 'Ricky' Holtz

University of Connecticut
Social Interaction and New Media

Rachel Horseman

University of Mount Union
Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience

Qubilah Huddleston

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Political Science and Public Policy

Emily Larkin

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Information Science

Christopher Lee

University of Puget Sound

Jonathan Lee

University of Puget Sound
Mechanical Engineering

Roger Martinez

Rutgers University
Information Technology & Informatics

Josue Reyes

Rutgers University
Information Technology & Informatics

Emely Rodriguez

The College of Westchester
Business Administration

Keagan Sacripanti

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Political Science and Public Policy

Jessica Vallejo

University of Notre Dame
Computer Science

Markel Vega

University of Buffalo
Business Administration and Marketing

Michelene Wilkerson

Babson College
Business Administration and Entrepreneurship

Jada Winchester

University of Missouri at Columbia
Psychology and Biology

Angela Zhou

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Information Science and Business Administration