The student of year award for the 2018-19 Academic Year is awarded to two students.

Mary Cate MattaMary Cate Matta

Mary Cate Matta has achieved excellent academic performance and demonstrated a strong sense of service and leadership to profession, community, and fellow students. During her tenure as a student, she served as an officer for AGLISS and president of CUA Student Chapter of the Special Libraries Association. In her AGLISS officer role, she offered excellent service and diligent support to other DLIS student organizations in coordinating student events. As an outstanding student leader, Mary Cate is dedicated to the CUA LIS community and caring for her classmates and colleagues and well-respected by her fellow students. She presented a poster at the Department’s annual symposium.

Babak ZarinBabak Zarin

Babak Zarin stands out during his tenure of study at CUA with his strong scholarly pursuits and excellent leadership roles. He has achieved outstanding academic performance in classes and through his publications and conference presentations. He has published articles while in the program as well as an active participant in the University's Research Day and the department’s annual symposium. At the 2019 symposium Babak presented a poster titled, "We're Not Going to Take It: The Censorship of Challenging Literary Depictions in Library Collections"; and in 2018, at the DLIS 11th Annual Symposium, he clinched the best poster award for "From the Mixed-Up Files of Fandom: the Tagging of an Archive," which can be viewed at https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.29019.67363.

Babak has demonstrated strong leadership skills at DLIS as a student officer to several student groups as well as served as one of the department's student ambassadors. He is a deep thinker, capable of articulating and sharing his thoughts, and motivated and passionate about the profession.

Prior Students of the Year:

  • 2018 -- Lauren Hester
  • 2017 -- Nicholas Brown and Emily Wagner
  • 2016 -- J. Jasmine Chmiel
  • 2015 -- Joseph Koivisto
  • 2014 -- Angela Aranas Kent
  • 2013 -- Yemane Gebre Gati and Ana Elisa de Campos Salles
  • 2012 -- Nicole Clery and Rebecca Renard
  • 2011 -- Michelle Polchow
  • 2010 -- Abbey Gerken
  • 2009 -- Eileen Boswell
  • 2008 -- Nora Rose Daly
  • 2007 -- Mark Brzozowski and Tiffany Smith
  • 2006 -- Lauren Chase
  • 2005 -- Stephanie Salmon
  • 2004 -- Mara McGarry
  • 2003 -- Mari-Jana Phelps
  • 2002 -- Beverly Lammay
  • 2001 -- Brooke Dine
  • 2000 -- Sandra Provenzano
  • 1999 -- Michael Smith
  • 1998 -- Computer Lab: Scott Davidson, Ruth Owopetu & Joan Weeks
  • 1997 -- Mary Kelly and Adam Button
  • 1996 -- Jean Sudlow
  • 1995 -- Vicki Emery
  • 1994 -- Susan Little
  • 1993 -- Connie Stevenson
  • 1992 -- Myrtle Joseph
  • 1991 -- Maureen Bearden
  • 1990 -- Lynn Hale Riggs
  • 1989 -- Lucille Menschel
  • 1988 -- Shari Weaver
  • 1987 -- Janet Rose Zipser
  • 1986 -- Janet Decring Kinzer
  • 1985 -- Mark Weil Paster