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First Year PhD Student Awarded the Jeffrey Katzer PhD Fellowship

Agnieszka Kwiatkowska Recipient of the Jeffrey Katzer PhD Fellowship for 2005
 
Agnieszka Kwiatkowska is only in her first year in the Ph.D. program at the School of Information Studies, but she has already gained a reputation for excellence as a student, resourcefulness as a teaching assistant, and personal generosity as a colleague. She has demonstrated exceptional intellectual curiosity -- and courage -- by choosing courses and projects outside her areas of familiarity just to broaden her horizons. Her MBA hardly prepared her for the new adventures of information retrieval, natural language processing and bibliometrics and yet she seems to thrive on the challenge. Jeffrey Katzer left us a legacy of collaboration and respect for each other. Aggie, following in this legacy, brings her uncomplaining and positive personality to teams, contributing not only her ideas and skills, but also a great deal of kindness and patience. Like Jeffrey, she takes a back seat and lets the team shine. We are pleased to welcome her to the School of Information Studies, and delighted to have such a worthy recipient of this award.
 
About the Jeffrey Katzer PhD Fellowship
 
The Jeffrey Katzer PhD Fellowship is given in memory of Professor Jeffrey Katzer, the founder of the School of Information Studies' doctoral program. Jeffrey was a member of the Syracuse University faculty from 1968 to 2000. During that time, he played a key role in positioning the School as a national leader in the information field. The doctoral program he founded has become a national model for broad-based theoretical doctoral programs in information science.
 
Criteria for award
 
The Fellowship is awarded to the PhD student who best exemplifies the values embodied by Jeffrey Katzer (and which all PhD students are expected to display). As a scholar, researcher and teacher, Jeff set the bar high with his adherence to quality, fairness and ethics. He demanded intellectual honesty and inspired his students and colleagues to be rigorous, objective and passionate in searching for the truth. One graduate has said, He could teach a brick how to think critically. He was the ultimate mentor to students and faculty, bringing out the best in them, yet always taking a back seat himself so someone else could shine in the limelight. Twice acting Dean, Jeffrey was the glue that held the school together through times of change and turmoil. He understood the factors that contribute to organization's successes and failures and he helped to articulate these in the School's statement of vision and values. These reflect his commitment to fostering a collaborative culture with respect for individual differences. His wit and humor always raised the spirits of those around him. He loved gourmet food and was always recommending restaurants and recipes to his friends. But most of all, he loved his wife Linda and their children, Jill and Andrew. When he spoke lovingly about his family, he revealed the depths of his warmth and humanity.
 
Award process
 
The Fellowship is awarded at the time that PhD financial aid decisions are made. The faculty members of the School's Doctoral Program Committee will award the Fellowship based on their best judgement of the students. Nomination is not required; the program director will provide the Committee with a list of eligible students. As with other decisions in the School, the Committee will seek to reach consensus on the awardee.
 
Eligibility
 
1)   The recipient must be in good standing in the PhD program.
2)   The recipients must be receiving a GA from the School of Information Studies. (The PhD committee may decide to alter this requirement in the future.)
3)   It is expected that a student will hold the Fellowship for one year only.
 
Award
 
The Fellowship provides a $10,000 stipend and is typically combined with a ½ GA award that currently provides an additional $7,750 stipend, 12 credits of tuition and benefits.

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