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Blundell Earns University Fellowship

Posted May. 9, 2014
College of Communication and Information (CCI) doctoral student Shelley Blundell has been chosen as a 2014-2015 recipient of a University Fellowship award.

Fifteen University Fellowships are awarded each year to graduate and Ph.D. students. The fellowship covers all tuition, grants an annual stipend, and provides Fellows with dedicated time for dissertation research and writing.

“The fact that both my program and Graduate Studies believe my research is valuable enough to be worthy of this fellowship fills me with great pride and tremendous gratitude for all who have helped me reach this point in my study,” Blundell said. “This includes my SLIS advisor Yin Zhang, Ph.D.; my dissertation committee members, Don Wicks,Ph.D.; Jodi Kearns, Ph.D., and Tricia Niesz, Ph.D.; the CCI program coordinators and leaders; and all of my colleagues who have supported me and provided advice along the way.”

Blundell’s dissertation, “A phenomenological investigation of the information search process of undergraduate students enrolled in a remedial English course: Implications for targeted information literacy instruction,” focuses on the lived experience of undergraduate students enrolled in a remedial English course as they engage in academic information-seeking for a class research assignment.

Blundell received her Master of Library and Information Science degree from Kent State University's School of Library and Information Science in 2009. She is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Communication and Information with an LIS-focused area of study.

Adapted from an article by Nicole Gennarelli