Professors receive ORED Summer Stipends


Dr. Seungwon Yang and Dr. J. Brenton Stewart, School of Library & Information Science Assistant Professors, received LSU Office of Research & Economic Development (ORED) Summer Stipends.



Dr. Seungwon Yang, assistant professor, is a recipient of the Summer Research Stipend 2016 for his proposal titled “Evaluating Effectiveness and Generalizability of a Topic Identification Algorithm.” 

The proposed study is to evaluate and update an automatic topic identification algorithm. It was developed during the doctoral research of the PI. Multiple benchmark datasets will be used to test its effectiveness and generalizability for heterogeneous text resources. This algorithm, Xpantrac, will be connected to a larger project for developing a digital archive.




Dr. J. Brenton Stewart, assistant professor, received the Summer Research Stipend 2016 to complete his project entitled “On Social Media Engagement: A Study of Twitter Use at ARL Libraries.” 

Academic libraries have readily adopted social networking tools, such as Twitter, into their day-to-day information services yet there is little empirical evidence, showing a clear linkage between library social media activities and patron participation or engagement. Leveraging social analytics techniques, specifically propagation and sentiment analysis, this project examines Twitter profiles of Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and measures follower engagement with library-generated content over a one-year period.



The Council on Research (CoR) Summer Stipend Program provides financial support to junior researchers at the rank of assistant professor seeking to contribute to scholarly knowledge in their discipline. Each proposal is evaluated for the impact the project will have on the indicated discipline, broader impacts, and the effect on the researcher’s career.

The CoR Summer Stipend Program enables junior faculty recipients to spend a portion of the summer term in research activity. The $5,000 stipend provides for a one-month appointment beginning on July 1, 2016 and ending on July 31, 2016. 

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