Awards & Recognition

Over the years faculty, affiliates, and students associated with the DCIC have received numerous awards in recognition of their work and accomplishments.


August 3, 2019:
Dr. Michael Kurtz Honored with Exemplary Service Award from the Society of American Archivists
Award presented by Dr. Meredith Evans, Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, and President of SAA.

May 8, 2019:
Three DCIC Student Projects Receive 1st Prize Honors at the 2nd Annual iSchool Symposium

  1. The Power of Controlled Vocabulary: Drawing Narratives of Internment from Big Data — Margaret Rose Hunt and Margaret McCready
  2. DCIC Project Management: Working with Computational Archival Science Teams — Lauren Schirle
  3. Archives in the Attic: The Washington Committee for Human Rights in Argentina — Perri Pyle


May 1, 2019:
Citizens for Maryland Libraries’ 2019 Davis McCarn Award for Innovative Technology: Digital Curation Innovation Center
Awarded at the MLA Conference, Cambridge MD.
CML Award given to DCIC

March 14, 2019:
The Maryland State Archives, Michael J. Kurtz Foundation, and the DCIC Announce the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland Research Cohort
Mentor: Katrina Fenlon. Awarded students include:

  • Ali Bhatti (BS in Info & French)
  • Ben Shaw (MLIS)
  • Chrissy Perry (MLIS)
  • Burkely Hermann (MLIS)


February 23 – March 2, 2019:
Best Team Presentation Award at the 2019 iSchool Data Challenge
Students: Olivia Isaacs | K. Sarah Ostrach | Natalie Salive
Dataset: Legacy of Slavery in Maryland
Supplied by: MSA & UMD iSchool DCIC


Feb. 28, 2019:
Inaugural Maryland Research Excellence Award
“Honoring faculty who have demonstrably elevated the visibility and reputation of the University of Maryland Research Enterprise through research findings that are both highly-cited and transformative” (Ken Heger, R. Marciano)


November 30, 2018:
ARMA International’s Britt Literary Award
For Victoria L. Lemieux’s article,, “Blockchain Recordkeeping: A SWOT Analysis” which appeared in the Nov/Dec 2017 Issue of Information Management magazine.


July 23, 2018:
PEARC18 Conference Best Technical Paper (Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing)
“Brown Dog: Making the Digital World a Better Place, a Few Files at a Time.” Pittsburgh PA (R. Marciano, Greg Jansen, et al.).

May 9, 2018:
11th Annual Celebration of Scholarship and Research at UMD
Recognition for national and international impact of the research work (Ken Heger & R. Marciano).


September 12, 2017:
2017 Emmett Leahy Award
To Richard Marciano for Contributions to the Records and Information Management Field in the Course of his Career


February 2017:
Emerald Literati Outstanding Paper Award
For Victoria Lemieux’s article, V. “Trusting records: is Blockchain technology the answer?”, in Records Management Journal, Vol. 26 No. 2, 2016, pp. 110-139.


December 20, 2016:
Best 15 Maps of 2016 Nomination by National Geographic
For the “Mapping Inequality” project (R. Marciano, Myeong Lee, and students, et al.).


August 5, 2016:
Voted in by the SAA membership as the best pop-up sessions out of 30 submitted
2016 Society of American Archivists Annual Conference, “Archival Records in the Age of Big Data” session, Atlanta GA (Richard Marciano, Bill Underwood).

September 27, 2016:
Dr. Paul Wasserman Visiting Scholar Program Award to Dr. Tobias Blanke
Dr. Blanke, DCIC Collaborator, is a Reader in Social and Cultural Informatics in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London and the director of the European Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH). He leads and manages large international interdisciplinary research initiatives and teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He works on the development of novel teaching approaches in digital methods and big data to understand culture and society.

March 10, 2016:
Best Poster Award – Runner Up
International Research Portal (IRP2) with students:

  1. Torra Hausmann
  2. Jennifer Wachtel
  3. Melissa Wertheimer
  4. Sohini Sarkar
  5. Karishma Ghiya


October 7, 2015:
17th Annual Research Leaders Luncheon Award
“To honor faculty and researchers who have made significant contributions to UMD’s research program” (Richard Marciano)

September 24, 2015:
2015 Emmett Leahy Award
For Victoria Lemieux’s pioneering work in the field of records and information management. The award recognizes an individual whose contributions and outstanding accomplishments have a major impact on the records and information management profession.


March 24, 2015:
UMD Celebration of Innovation, FIA Seed Grant winners award

See: May 30, 2015 reference for names of mentors and students.

May 30, 2015:
FIA-Deutsch Seed Grant Winner 2014-2015 at UMD
For the project “Revisiting Segregation through Computational History: the Case of the WWII Japanese American Tule Lake Segregation Center”
With Richard Marciano (iSchool), Nicholas Diakopoulos (Philip Merrill College of Journalism), and 7 students:

  • Drew Barker
  • James Howland
  • Emily Keithley
  • Liz Tobey
  • Karen Mawdsley
  • Dilip Bharadwaj
  • Diane Travis



December 30, 2014:
WUNC Public Radio “The State of Things” 6 Favorite Shows of 2014
Top producer picks for 2014 include Richard Marciano’s “Mapping Inequality: How Redlining is Still Affecting Inner Cities”.