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iSchool Launches Certificates of Advanced Study in Big Data Analytics and Security Assured Information Systems

The University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences (iSchool) is excited to announce the launch of two new Certificate of Advanced Study programs for post-baccalaureate and post-master’s students. The two new certificates, Big Data Analytics and Security Assured Information Systems, have been designed to provide an immersive experience for students who want to upskill into two of the most in-demand specializations for information professionals today. Both programs can be completed with as few as 15 credits (5 courses) in as little as one year. Learn more.

iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) Accepting Applications

The iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) is accepting applications for the 2015 cohort. i3 is an undergraduate research and leadership development program that prepares students from underrepresented populations for graduate study and careers in the information sciences. Only 25 students from across the country are selected each year to become i3 Scholars. Those students undertake a yearlong experience that includes two summer institutes hosted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences and a research project spanning the year. i3 prepares students for the rigors of graduate study and serves as a pipeline for i3 Scholars into internationally recognized information schools—the iSchools. i3 is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until March 31. The 2015 Institute will be held June 14 - July 10, 2015. More information.

BSIS Student, Shakir Wellons, Discusses “Pittsburgh Promise”

The School of Information Sciences is pleased to highlight Shakir Wellons, an undergraduate student due to graduate in December 2014 from the information science program thanks to the Pittsburgh Promise. Learn more about Shakir.

Strengthening International Ties: Dean Larsen and Dr. Daqing He Visit China

Dean Larsen and Associate Professor Daqing He recently traveled to China to promote international collaboration with some of China’s top universities, including Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing University, Wuhan University, Peking University, and the Beijing Institute of Technology. Learn more.

iSchool Celebrates Alumni Awards winners and 2014 Legacy Laureate Debra King

The School of Information Sciences celebrated its 2014 Alumni Award winners on Friday, October 24 at the Information Sciences Building. Debra D. King (MSIS ’85), Douglas C. Sicker (MST ‘92, PhD ’01), and Yang Xu (PhD '07) were honored. On Thursday, October 23, Debra King was named a University of Pittsburgh Legacy Laureate. Read more.

Participate in the “Alumni Profiles” Project

The iSchool has launched its “Alumni Profiles” project, which highlights alumni accomplishments and current employment information on the School’s website.  For more information about this project or to read about iSchool alumni, view Alumni Profiles. If you’d like to participate, please send your name, employment information, degree, class year, short bio, and a photo to Marci Carothers.

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