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University of Tennessee
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Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
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Doctoral Programs
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Through previous and ongoing projects, the University of Tennessee's School of Information Sciences (SIS) and College of Communication have identified a serious shortage of doctoral-level educators qualified to train librarians in working with scientific data and information. To address the shortage, SIS will recruit and provide six IMLS-funded doctoral fellowships for students to earn a doctoral degree in library and information science with a specialization in scientific data and information. In addition to doctoral coursework, fellowship recipients will benefit from mentoring, structured work and research experiences in world-class science institutions and science data initiatives, and opportunities to attend and present their work at professional conferences. Upon completion of the PhD program, these six will become science data and information educators responsible for preparing the next generation of science librarians, data, and information specialists.