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Julaine Clunis of Kent has received the August Alpers Award from Kent State University's School of Library and Information Science (iSchool).
The award, given to a graduate who contributed the most to the school as a student, while maintaining a good grade point average, will be presented at a ceremony at Kent State University on April 25.
Clunis holds an undergraduate degree in information science from North Caribbean University and a Master of Science (2016) with a concentration in health informatics from Kent State's iSchool.
Originally from Jamaica, Clunis serves as the graduate student assistant for the Center for Scholastic Journalism in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, while pursuing her doctoral studies in knowledge management.
Clunis hopes to obtain an academic tenure-track position that would allow her to conduct research in her areas of expertise and teach in a health informatics or library and information science program.
According to one faculty nomination, Clunis "completed a M.L.I.S. and M.S. in IAKM (information architecture and knowledge management), and is now pursuing her doctorate at Kent State. Her master's thesis was excellent, advancing the professional profile of SLIS in research."
"Julaine volunteered for academic professional organizations in the region, and served the school on faculty searches and facilitating school activities. Julaine's easy-going nature, willingness to help, inquisitive mind, professional attitude and demeanor serve to help other new KSU graduate students realize that they are in the right place to advance the science and themselves. She also represented Kent State by volunteering on her own time at the IHE/HIMSS International Connect-a-thon."
Another faculty nomination stated, "During the year Julaine was pursuing her MLIS and MS-IAKM (health informatics) degrees, she worked as a graduate assistant and also as a research assistant. She demonstrated the ability to work effectively with great creativity and enthusiasm.
Her contribution to our team's project (that uses data to research the history of innovation by the Liquid Crystal Research Institute) was tremendous, and the outcomes of her work were included in our report to the LCI's 50th Anniversary.
Among her peers, she stood out by demonstrating consistent interest and knowledge of current topics in information. She completed her thesis successfully and set a good model for other students."