For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. Emerging Scholars perform a critical role in the online conference by commenting and engaging the parallel sessions, and presenting their own research papers. The 2021 Emerging Scholar Award recipients are as follows:
Bahar Kucukcaglayan has a BA in Visual Communication Design and an MA in Film & Television from Istanbul Bilgi University. She has been lecturing on graphic design for 5 years and has been working as a designer for almost 20 years. Now she is working on her Ph.D. thesis about the perception of reality.
Mary Coe is a Ph.D. student in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University and Editor of The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (English) from Trinity College in Washington DC and a Master of Information Studies (Applied Research) from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, NSW. Mary has extensive experience as a professional indexer and currently works as a metadata analyst at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Jenna Schoen is a Ph.D. candidate in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her dissertation, "Romance Across Medieval Literature," examines the influence of romance on 14th century Middle English religious poetry. She has also worked extensively on digital humanities projects. Along with her colleague Gianmarco Saretto, she has trained an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) model to automatically transcribe late medieval English manuscripts. As a medievalist and digital scholar, she is interested not only in what medieval studies can gain from digital tools but also in what medievalists can contribute to digital and media studies.
It was an interesting cultural and ideas exchange. It has made me learn to address different persons and their needs or moods in many different effective ways."
I will feel more able and confident to attend conferences in the future."
My technical skills were improved and I enjoyed the experience of chairing sessions. I also learned from presenters whom I otherwise may not have chosen."