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iSchool graduating senior selected as 2008 Young Technologist of the Year by the Technology Alliance of Central New York

Alana Edmunds ’08 was named the Young Technologist of the Year by the Technology Alliance of Central New York. She was recognized by the organization during its annual awards banquet May 12 at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool, N.Y.

Edmunds, of Perrysburg, Ohio, was selected for the award because of her outstanding contributions to advances and improvements in the information technology field.

Last fall, she was selected for Honorable Mention in the Computing Research Association’s (ARC) Outstanding Undergraduate Award competition for 2008 because of her work with Associate Dean Jeff Stanton’s research on the Syracuse Information Systems Evaluation (SISE) Project. Edmunds initially worked on the Behavioral Information Security arm of the project, investigating how companies’ employees influence and affect information security within their organizations.

She has also performed in various roles with Stanton’s StudyResponse project, which facilitates online research for behavioral, social, and organizational science researchers by distributing e-mail participation requests to adult research participants. Her responsibilities have ranged from administrative tasks and maintaining the database to developing new business and corresponding with StudyResponse participants.

She was also named a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates Award recipient, a Syracuse University Remembrance Scholar, Dean's Scholar, University Homecoming Queen, and Alumni Class Leader, among many other accomplishments.

After graduating this May, she accepted a position with General Electric’s Information Management Leadership Program.

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