Anne and George Piternick Student Research Award

This award has been endowed by family and friends in honour of Anne and George Piternick.

Professors Anne and George Piternick taught at the School for a combined total of 48 years during which they provided, through their teaching and personal research projects, a stimulating scholarly atmosphere for library and information science research. The award will be given annually to an iSchool doctoral student to support their research.

Guidelines and procedures

  1. Students must address their application to the Chair of Doctoral Studies (Dr. Eric M. Meyers); completed applications should be submitted to the iSchool Program Assistant (
  2. Faculty members of the Doctoral Studies Committee will adjudicate the applications.
  3. The application for the award should include a cover letter
  4. The application must include:
    • Title of the research project.
    • A research proposal outlining the objectives of the project and methodology (maximum of 1 page).
    • Budget, with a detailed rationale for expenses.
    • Timeline, with respect to the student’s program, and when the requested funds will be spent.
  5. It is anticipated that the award will cover such research expenses as (but not limited to) consulting resources or experts in the research area, participating in a doctoral consortium, interviewing research subjects, disseminating research instruments, programming expenses or software for data analysis, and presenting research results in a poster or paper. Please note that UBC has cancelled all student international travel for university purposes; this is in effect until Dec. 31, 2020, but could be extended depending on health advisory notices. Therefore, any travel-related requests should reflect UBC travel policies and include a COVID-19/public health justification.
  6. The Committee reserves the right to split the award into multiple awards or not to give the award in an individual year.
  7. Recipients of the award must present to the Doctoral Studies Committee a short follow-up report, detailing how the funds were spent (no receipts needed) and the benefits realized within a year of receipt of the award; this should be emailed to the iSchool Admin Manager (