● Dr. Shah accepted the Karen Spark Jones award at ECIR 2020 and delivered the keynote.

● Souvick Ghosh won Ph.D. Outstanding Graduating Student Award from the Rutgers University School Of Communication and Information.


● A paper by Jiqun Liu and Chirag Shah wins the Best Paper Award at ASIST 2019.

● Jiqun Liu awarded outstanding continuing doctoral student award in the area of Information Science, Rutgers University.

● Dr. Shah received Amazon Research Award for $100,000.


● Manasa Rath won a New Leader Award at ASIS&T.

● Souvik Ghosh was accepted as a Summer LEADS-4-NDP fellow/OCLC Research team.

● Souvik Ghosh won a place on the podium from the ASIS&T European Student Chapter Board for his education video for 2017.

Dr. Chirag Shah Co-chaired, with Dr. Nicholas Belkin, CHIIR 2018 (the third ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval), March 11-15, in New Brunswick, NJ.

   ● Local Organizers for CHIIR 2018 included Kaitlin Costello (Local Organizing Chair), Sunyoung Kim and Matthew Mitsui (Student Volunteer Chairs), and Abdurahman Sherif (Webmaster and Designer).

   ● InfoSeekers presented seven papers and two demos.


Presentations and participation at ASIS&T:

   ● InfoSeekers presented three papers, four posters, and organized/moderated two panels and gave a reseach talk.

   ● Chirag Shah chaired SIG/CON

   ● Yiwei Wang won a New Leader Award at ASIS&T

● Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) inducted Chirag Shah as a Senior Member.

Dr. Chirag Shah received $500k from National Science Foundation (NSF) for his research on InfoFostering.

Dr. Chirag Shah along with Professor Kathryn Greene and REAL Prevention LLC, received over $1.4 million from the National Institute of Health (NIH) for their research, "Interactive Technology for Media Literacy Drug Prevention in Community Groups."


Presentations and Awards from the ASIST 2016 Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark

Shannon Tomlinson, Yiwei Wang, Manasa Rath, Jiqun Liu, Dongho Choi, and Roberto Gonzalez-Ibanez presented their research during the President’s Reception Featuring Posters:

● Using Low-cost Electroencephalography (EEG) Sensor to Identify Perceived Relevance on Web Search. Roberto I. González-Ibáñez, Maria Escobar-Macaya and Manuel Manriquez.

● Perceptions of Accessibility and Usability by Blind or Visually Impaired Persons: A Pilot Study. Shannon M. Tomlinson.

● Exploring Support for the Unconquerable Barriers in Information Seeking. Yiwei Wang and Chirag Shah.

● Information Worth Spreading: An Exploration of Information Sharing from Social Q&A to Other Social Media Platforms. Jiqun Liu and Yiwei Wang.

● Deconstructing the Failure: Analyzing the Unanswered Questions within Educational Q&A. Manasa Rath and Chirag Shah.

● E-inclusion or Digital Divide: An Integrated Model of Digital Inequality. Biyang Yu and Ana Ndumu, Florida State University; Jiqun Liu; and Zhenjia Fan, Nankai University, China.

● What Social Media Data Should I Use in My Research?: A Comparative Analysis of Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, and the New York Times Comments. Dongho Choi, Ziad Matni and Chirag Shah.

● Which Team Benefits from Collaboration?: Investigating Collaborative Information Seeking Using Personal and Social Contextual Signals. Dongho Choi, Chirag Shah and Vivek Singh.

Yiwei Wang and Manasa Rath received their student travel awards during the SIG USE Symposium

Dongho Choi

● Best Presentation Award, Doctoral Consortium at the 39th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR 2016), Pisa, Italy, 2016

● SIGIR Student Travel Grant, ACM SIGIR, 2016

Long Le

● Best Student Paper Award for paper: Evaluating the Quality of Education Answers in Community Question-Answering, 2016 Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) Conference, Newark, NJ

Manasa Rath

● SIG USE Travel Award to the 2016 ASIST conference in Copenhagen, Denmark

Yiwei Wang

● SIG USE Travel Award to the 2016 ASIST conference in Copenhagen, Denmark

Leeder and Shah's article, " Practicing critical evaluation of online sources improves student search behavior," published in the Journal of Academic Librarianship, made the LIRT Top 20 Articles of 2016.


Dongho Choi

● Scholarship, the Distinguished Tefko Endowed Fund, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University

● Scholarship, ELIAS (Evaluating Information Access Systems) ESF Research Networking Programme, 2015

● Doctoral Student Research Methods Training Award, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University

Kaitlin Costello

● Aspiring Investigator, NSF Smart Connected Health Program

Jiquin Liu

● National Scholarship Recipient

● Academic Elite at Peking University

● Excellent Award at the PKU Design Competition

Zaid Matni

● SC&I Scholarship Award, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University

● Award from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for the 15th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) at their Doctoral Consortium, Knoxville, TN, 2015

Vivek Singh

● Distinguished Achievement in Research Award, Library and Information Science Department, Rutgers University

Gonzalez-Ibanez, Haseki, and Shah's article, "Let's search together, but not too close! An analysis of communication and performance in collaborative information seeking," published in the Journal of Information Processing and Management (IP&M), was the 9th most cited article on Scopus in 2015.


Kaitlin Costello

● Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Award, NSF Smart Connected Health Program

● Thomson Reuters Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Award, American Society for Information Science & Technology

Sunyoung Kim

● Invited to participate at the Rising Stars in EECS, University of California, Berkeley

Jiquin Liu

● Excellent Volunteer at the ICPE, December 2014

● Excellent Graduate, Nankai University

Zaid Matni

● Social Media Expo Team Finalist Award from the iConference 2015, Newport Beach, CA

● Outstanding Research Practicum Display Award, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University


Kaitlin Costello

● Thomas Reuters Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Award, International Library & Information Science Studies Honor Society

● Carnegie Fellowship, UNC- School of Information and Library Science

● Future Facutly Fellow, UNC- Center for Faculty Excellence

Sunyoung Kim

● Selected to participate in the Human Computer Interaction Symposium

Jiquin Liu

● Tianjin Municipal Government Scholarship recipient

Zaid Matni

● Rutgers School of Communication and Information Academic Fellowship

Jonathan Pulliza

● Michael Hooker Fellowship in Applied Networking

Chirag Shah

● SIG USE Best Poster Award for the ASIST 2013 poster: Kitzie, V., Choi, E., & Shah, C. (2013). From Bad to Good: An Investigation of Question Quality and Transformation. Poster presented at the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIST) Annual Meeting. Montreal, QC, Canada.

● Association of Information Science and Technology (ASIST)’s James M. Crestos Leadership Award.

Vivek Singh

● 1st prize for predicting crime patters in London in Datathon on “Big Data for Social Good” organized by O2, MIT, Telefonica and Open Data Institute, at Campus Party, London