ALISE/Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Research Poster Competition 

Previous Recipients

This competition was established in memory of Jean Tague-Sutcliffe, professor and former dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Western Ontario (now the Faculty of Information and Media Studies). During her thirty-year career, Professor Sutcliffe’s research on the measurement of information made significant contributions to the theoretical, methodological, and practical foundations of library and information science. This award was established by students at UWO in 1997.

Click here to view the 2024 Call for Doctoral Student Posters and Word Submission Template.


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The first-place winner will receive a one-year student membership to ALISE and $200 cash prize. 

ALISE Doctoral Poster Competition Judging Committee Co-chairs

Board Liaison

Lucy Santos Green, University of Iowa, President

Eligibility Criteria

  • Only one submission per student is permitted.
  • Only doctoral students who have completed or are near completion of their doctoral dissertation research (e.g., post-proposal; the core data have been analyzed; the student is at the stage of drawing conclusions from the research findings) are eligible to enter this competition. Students whose posters are accepted must submit a final copy of the poster as a PDF by the submission deadline. Failure to submit a poster at this time will result in elimination from the competition. As with poster proposals, final poster submissions will be made through conference submission system.
  • Students whose posters are accepted are required to register for and attend the ALISE Annual Conference.

Judging Criteria

Posters will be judged according to the following criteria on a scale of 1-5:

  • Practical, theoretical, and statistical significance: The discovery has broad application and potential benefit for practice, promotes the understanding of theory or suggests a new theoretical direction, and reports results that are statistically significant or provide a persuasive basis for argument.
  • Design and method: Research design is logical and appropriate to the problem or research question(s), and method(s) of data collection and analysis is appropriate, well described and demonstrates meaningful results. 
  • Oral presentation: Presentations are clear and to-the-point and are no longer than necessary to describe broadly the overall nature of the problem, the design and methodology, the results, and their implications.
  • Organization, clarity, and aesthetics of visual materials: Posters should be well organized and attractive, understandable without the oral presentation, and coherent with the oral presentation.

Submission Process

Submissions should include the following:

  • Student’s name and the name of the student’s advisor
  • Title of the research study
  • 50-word brief abstract (for the conference program)
  • 150-250 word extended abstract (in Word format)

All submissions must be completed through the ALISE 2024 submission system

*First-time users will be required to create an account (separate from your account). Once created, return to the ALISE '24 submission page to log in. Once logged in, select 'Enter as an author'. Select the relevant track for your submission, ensuring you review all requirements prior to completing your submission.

Please note: submitting a proposal constitutes your permission for ALISE to publish the brief and extended abstracts in the conference program and on the ALISE website if your proposal is accepted.

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is June 3, 2024.

Previous Recipients

2023:   1st- Morgan Lundy, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

     2nd- Amber Matthews, Western University

     3rd- Faith Rice, Dominican University

2022:   1st - Philips Ayeni, McGill University

             2nd - Li-Min Huang, University of Tennessee

             3rd - Ting Wang, Emporia State University

2021:   1st - Schenita Floyd, University of North Texas

             1st - Travis Wagner, University of South Carolina

             2nd - Ly Dinh, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

             Honorable Mention - Amanda Hovious, University of North Texas

             Honorable Mention - Stacie Milburn, University of North Texas

             Honorable Mention - Alexis Rittenberger, Case Western Reserve University

 2020:  1st - Cameron Pierson, Victoria University Wellington

            2nd - Cheryl Klimaszewski, Rutgers University

            3rd - LeRoy LaFleur, Simmons University

            Honorable Mention - Abdullah Almoqbil, University of North Texas

2019:  1st - Megan Threats, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    2nd - LaVerne Gray, Syracuse University

    3rd - Laura Ridenour, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

    3rd - Brian Dobreski, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    Honorable Mention - Yiwei Wang, Rutgers University

    Honorable Mention - Hammad Khan, University of North Texas

2018:  1st - Samantha Kaplan, UNC Chapel Hill

    2nd - Sarah Al-Mahmoud, Simmons College

    3rd - Tracie Kreighbaum, Emporia State University

    3rd - Ana Valeska Ndumu, Florid State University

    Honorable Mention - Inkyung Choi, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

    Honorable Mention - Shannon Crawford Barniskis, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

    Honorable Mention - Karen Miller, University of South Carolina

2017:  1st - Margaret S. Zimmerman, University of South Carolina

    2nd - Lynnsey Weissenberger, Florida State University

    3rd - Chi Young Oh, University of Maryland, College Park

    3rd - Min Sook Park, Florida State University

    Honorable Mention - Vanessa Kitzie, Rutgers University

    Honorable Mention - Yuehua Zhao, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

2016:  1st - Sarah Buchanan, University of Missouri

           2nd - Sumayya Ahmed, University of North Carolina

           3rd - Laura Edythe Sarver Coleman, Florida State University

           Honorable Mention - Noah Lenstra, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

           Honorable Mention - Rebecka Sheffield, University of Toronto

2015: 1st - Charles Senteio, University of Michigan

           2nd - Maurine McCourry, Dominican University

2014:  1st - Patricia Condon, Simmons College

            2nd - Jinxuan Ma, Florida State University

            3rd - John D'Ignazio, Syracuse University

            Honorable Mention - Jihee Beak, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

            Honorable Mention - Mary-Jo Romaniuk, Queensland University 

2013:   1st - Deborah W. Sanford, Georgia State University

            2nd - Clayton A. Copeland, University of South Carolina

            3rd - Amy Phillips, Dominican University

            Honorable Mention - Elizabeth A. Jones, University of Washinton

            Honorable Mention - Jessica Lingel, Rutgers University 

2012:   1st-Lysanne Lessard, University of Toronto

           2nd-Peter A. Hook, Indiana University

           3rd-Shannon M. Oltmann, Indiana University

           Honorable Mention-Nouf Khashman, McGill University 

2011:   1st-Beth St. Jean, University of Michigan

            2nd-John T.F. Burgess, University of Alabama

            3rd-Dana Hanson-Baldauf, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

            Honorable Mention-Yunseon Choi, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

            Honorable Mention-Lei Zhang, University of British Columbia 

2010:   1st-Laura Saunders, Simmons College

            2nd-Maria Souden, University of Michigan

            3rd-Xiao Hu, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

            Honorable Mention-Irene Lopatovska, Rutgers University 

2009:   1st-Sheri Anita Massey, University of Maryland

           2nd-Stasa Milojevic, University of California, Los Angeles

           3rd-Katherine Wisser, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

           Honorable Mention-Annette Y. Goldsmith, Florida State University 

2008:   1st-Rachel A. Fleming-May, University of Alabama

            2nd-Yang Lu, University of California at Los Angeles

            3rd-Valerie Nesset, McGill University

            Honorable Mention-Sarah Young Park, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

            Honorable Mention-Ying-Hsang Liu, Rutgers University 

2007:   1st-Jin Ha Lee, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

            2nd-Kara Reuter, University of Maryland

            3rd-Timnah C. Card, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

            Honorable Mention-W. John MacMullen, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

            Honorable Mention-M. Cristina Pattuelli, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill