Vandana Singh, an assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences in the College of Communication and Information, was recently awarded an Early Career Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, in the amount of $321,178, to conduct research on comparing open source software technical support with proprietary software support. She is an advisor in another project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which will educate the next generation of doctoral students in scientific data and information. She is also a principal investigator on a grant for educating rural librarians with a focus on information technology competencies, as well as a principal investigator on an NSF-funded project with a collaborator at Virginia Tech. This latter project aims to develop an understanding of distributed work practices and newcomer participation in software development and cyber learning.
Singh finished her doctoral dissertation in May 2008 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee in the fall of 2008. Her dissertation research focused on technical support for the users of open source software. The pilot study for this work was published in the proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 39 in 2006 and received a “best research paper” award. The first results of her dissertation were published in CSCW 2008 Notes and received “Best Notes Award.”