UMSI student receives library graduate study fellowship
Incoming UMSI student Laima Augustaitis has received the 2018 Paul Evan Peters Fellowship for graduate study in library and information sciences awarded by the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI).
This fellowship provides two-year awards to a doctoral student ($5,000 per year) and master’s student ($2,500 per year), scholars who demonstrate commitment to the use of digital information and advanced technology, interest in the civic responsibilities of information professionals, a positive and creative approach to problem solving, humor, and vision.
Bergis Jules, recipient of the doctoral student award, is a university archivist and public history PhD student at the University of California, Riverside.
Laima Augustaitis is enrolled in the Master of Science in Information program. A dedicated Wolverine, she earned her BS in movement science from the University of Michigan. During her undergraduate studies, informatics intersected with Augustaitis’s interest in marginalized populations when she began using data-driven methods to address the social inequalities of patients during her clinical hours.
Since then, she has worked to “bring analytical skills into organizations and projects that often do not have access to these tools… and advocate for the use of information to uplift people’s experiences rather than place negative stereotypes on populations."
Currently, she is collaborating with the U-M School of Public Health to examine international and domestic health disparities. Additionally, Augustaitis is investigating challenges and violence that female-assigned at birth sexual and gender minority (SGM) people experience in Kenya, and working to increase LGBTQ-conscious training for health care providers in Michigan. She also serves as an affordable housing advocate for low-income students.
“Laima’s commitment to marginalized communities is very powerful,” stated CNI executive director Clifford Lynch. “These impressive recipients would have really resonated with Paul Evan Peters and they are a tribute to his legacy… Both candidates hold great promise for the future of information studies, and CNI is proud to support their ongoing research and professional aspirations.”
CNI is comprised of over 240 institutions dedicated to supporting digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and intellectual productivity. The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship honors the memory of the founding executive director of CNI, and is funded by donations from his colleagues, friends, and family.