Sociology Undergraduate Awarded Funding to Attend Conference in UK

Sociology undergraduate, Linh Ly, was awarded the Ruth H. Hagenstein Endowed Scholarship to attend iConference in Sheffield, UK along with her research team from several US universities to present their paper, “#Depression Among Immigrant College Students: Findings from a Systematic Literature Review of 10 Years of Social Media and Depression Research.” This literature review piece covers 10 years of scholarship on social media and depression research among college-aged populations, with a particular interest immigrants, is now published.

iConference is an international academic conference that is held annually by different iSchools (Information Schools) around the world to bring academic professors and experts, graduate students, industry researchers from around the world together to discuss current issues in the Information Science field. In addition to presenting their own work, the research team attended presentations on interesting topics, like how academics use Twitter to build their careers and how institutes targeted at inclusion can bring individuals from underrepresented groups into STEM fields.

Linh reports that, “Attending talks and poster sessions at iConference was an eye-opening experience. I was surprised to learn how financial and political fields can be related Information Science. Prior to this conference, I always thought Information Science was only focused on the relationship between people, technology, and the world.”

She adds, “I would like to thank you for the support I received from the Ruth H. Hagenstein Endowed Scholarship from the Sociology Department and Undergraduate Research Conference Travel Award, and all the faculty members that helped to find resources to fund my conference experience. With this support, I was able to solidify my plan for graduate school, gained a deeper understanding of Information Science, and got the opportunity to attend the conference as presenter. To all of the undergraduate students who want to attend academic conference sometimes during their undergraduate career, it’s never too early to start the journey. Find something you are passion about, be involved, and make it happen.”


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