ISSI Student Travel Award

Results of the Student Travel Award Competition for the 17th International Conference of the Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI)

In conjunction with its 17th International Conference to be held September 2-5, 2019 in Rome, Italy, the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI) held its second Student Travel Award competition this year. Details about the application process, selection criteria and award are available here. The committee for the 2019 Student Travel Award consisted of three ISSI board members: Aparna Basu, Kevin Boyack, and Grant Lewison.

We were very pleased to receive 11 applications for the award(s) during this competition. All applicants submitted papers for presentation at the ISSI conference, and 9 of the 11 applicants had papers accepted for oral presentation. We are very proud of the ISSI student population and their high-quality work.

The decision as to who to offer awards to was quite difficult given the qualifications of the applicants. Each committee member reviewed all applications. Results were compiled, and the committee arrived at a consensus. The following applicants have been selected as winners of the 2019 ISSI Student Travel Award (in alphabetical order):

  • Arezoo Didegah, Yazd University, Iran
  • Kai Li, Drexel University, USA

We thank all applicants for participating in this competition, congratulate them on their outstanding work, and very much look forward to seeing their successes in the scientometrics community.

Our two award recipients are very excited for the opportunity that will be afforded by the travel award and have graciously provided their comments:

Arezoo Didegah – “I am grateful and excited to receive the travel award from the ISSI conference to attend this prestigious conference in the area of scientometrics and scholarly communication. As a student, I could not afford the travel expenses to take part in the event where I will have the opportunity to meet other students and researchers whom I share the same research interest with, to discuss my research ideas with them and perhaps ask for collaboration. This is going to be my first international academic experience and I am sure that it will greatly contribute to my research and scholarly activities.”

Kai Li – “It is a great honor for me to receive the ISSI Student Travel Award. As a member of the community of scientometrics, I am extremely excited to able to attend the ISSI conference to present my works, and receiving this award makes this experience more meaningful and less financially burdensome. Moreover, as a PhD candidate who is about to enter the job market, this award gives me more freedom to attend academic conferences this year to establish networking.”

Please feel free to congratulate them and ask about their work when you meet them in Rome!

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