Student Opportunities

Opportunities for student involvement include:

Students interested in graduate studies in social informatics in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University may apply for the Masters in Information Science (MIS), the Ph.D. in Information Science, or the Social Informatics track in the Ph.D. in Informatics.

Ph.D. Minor in Social Informatics

The Ph.D Minor in Social Informatics at Indiana University consists of four courses (12 credits) from two or more departments, usually selected from a list of courses as described below. Please note that a student minoring in SI cannot include classes from his or her home department in the Minor. Students who complete the Ph.D. Minor in SI at Indiana University must demonstrate proficiency in a set of courses that examine the design, uses, consequences and/or policies of ICT use in social, cultural, or institutional contexts. The SI Ph.D. Minor emphasizes theoretical and methodological issues, as well as substantive issues.

The SI program is overseen by a Steering Committee that includes Pnina Fichman.

Requirements for the Ph.D. Minor in Social Informatics

The student must submit the Social Informatics Minor Application form to the Steering Committee describing the course of study. We recommend submitting the form prior to starting courses to ensure that all courses proposed are approved.

Students must complete 12 hours (usually four courses). These courses should be selected from the courses listed on the RKCSI Courses at Indiana page that are specifically identified as approved for the Ph.D. Minor. Some of the courses on this list (marked with an asterisk) require approval to be included, as their content changes regularly. The courses must be taken from at least two departments or schools other than the student's home academic unit. SI is developing rapidly at IU, and we expect that additional doctoral level courses will be offered each year. Students can propose that their minor include other SI courses that are not included on this list. In this case, the syllabi and other detailed information about the course(s) should be included with the application form.

Specific Course Requirements

Required Foundation Courses (3 credit hours)

Students must take at least one of the following courses:

  • I609 or I709 Advanced Seminar I or II in Informatics, Topic: Social Informatics
  • Z514 Social Aspects of Information Technology
  • T551 Communication, Technology, and Society

Elective Courses (9 credit hours)

Students seeking Ph.D. Minor in Social Informatics must complete an additional three courses (9 hours). These additional courses must be selected from the courses listed on the RKCSI Courses at Indiana page that are specifically identified as approved for the Ph.D. Minor. The elective courses should be taken from at least two departments or schools other than the student’s home academic unit. SI is developing rapidly at IU, and we expect that additional doctoral level courses will be offered each year. Students can propose that their minor include other SI courses that are not included on this list or that are on the list, but have not yet been formally approved for the SI minor. Such proposals should include syllabi and other detailed information about the course.

Form

Click here for a form to complete for the Ph.D. Minor in Social Informatics. This will be signed by the Director of the Doctoral Minor Program in Social Informatics when it is approved.

Rob Kling Social Informatics Fellowship

The Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics is pleased to announce the Rob Kling Social Informatics Fellowship. This fellowship of $5,000 will be used to support a doctoral student who is pursuing research in Social Informatics and interested in conducting critical studies on the impact and consequences of computerization, the Internet, or digital media on individuals, organizations, or society. The winner of this year’s fellowship will be announced in October 2017. This award may be renewable for a second year.

Applicants must submit a brief statement (up to four pages) describing their research, complete this form, and attach a copy of their transcript, a CV, and two letters of reference. Preference will be given to students who have advanced to candidacy, although all doctoral students at Indiana University, Bloomington are encouraged to apply.

Email your completed application to Pnina Fichman (fichman@indiana.edu) by September 30, 2017. The Rob Kling Social Informatics Fellowship Committee will consider only complete applications.

Application due date: September 30, 2017

Award notification date: October 31, 2017

Graduate Students Travel Awards

The Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics is pleased to announce two travel awards in the amount of $500.00 each to graduate students who are interested in social informatics. The travel grants aim to help defray costs associated with travel to present a paper or poster at an academic conference.

To be considered, students must write a brief statement (up to one page) explaining why they should be awarded the travel grant to attend this conference, complete this form, and attach a copy of their transcript, a CV, and proof of paper or poster acceptance (or other proof that you will appear on the program).

Email your completed application to Pnina Fichman (fichman@indiana.edu) by September 25, 2017. Only complete applications will be considered.

Doctoral Student Group

Graduate students who are interested in Social Informatics at Indiana University, Bloomington should consider joining the doctoral student group, sponsored by the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics. This group hosts both social and academic events to support students across departmental boundaries. For more information or to get involved, please contact Madelyn Sanfilippo at mhomuth@indiana.edu. More information is also available through the RKCSI Doctoral Student Group's Google page.

Student Events

Student events for the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics are open to all interested graduate students and include, but are not limited to:

  • Student social events with guest speaker to discuss theory and methods for Social Informatics research
  • Opportunities for students to discuss research with scheduled RKCSI speakers

Student Mailing List

RKCSI has a mailing list just for students. Students interested in Social Informatics around the world are welcome to subscribe.

To subscribe:
1.) Send an e-mail message to iulist@indiana.edu.
2.) Leave the subject line blank.
3.) In the body of your message type: subscribe rkcsi_phd_students-l yourfirstname yourlastname

Your request must be typed in the body of the message because the listserv software ignores the subject line. Your request will then be forwarded to the list moderator who will officially approve your subscription to RKCSI_PHD_STUDENTS-L.

To send a message to all the people currently subscribed to the list, just send mail to RKCSI_PHD_STUDENTS-L@INDIANA.EDU.

To unsubscribe:
1.) Send an e-mail message to iulist@indiana.edu.
2.) Leave the subject line blank.
3.) In the body of your message type: signoff rkcsi_phd_students-l

Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics, Indiana University
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