Travel Awards for SIGCIS Workshops

SIGCIS offers an integrated program of travel awards to broaden the base of participants in its annual workshops. Maximizing our support here is the top financial priority for the SIG, and a highly cost effective investment in the future of our field.

SIGCIS Travel Award Programs

Our awards are named in recognition of their various sponsors, but the eligibility criteria and application process is the same for all of them.

We have four ongoing awards programs:

  • Computer History Museum Travel Awards. Funded annually from 2010 to 2013 with support from Richard S. Tedlow, the Class of 1949 Professor of Business Administration Emeritus at the Harvard Business School. Professor Tedlow is well known for his historical studies of business leadership and marketing, including recent biographies of Andy Grove of Intel and the Watsons of IBM.
  • Michael S. Mahoney Travel Awards. These are made using proceeds from our annual auction of donated books donated by SIGCIS members, cash donations at the annual meeting, and income from the capital in the Mahoney Fund. Mahoney was the auctioneer at our first event, and encouraged the work of many graduate students in our field.
  • MIT Press Travel Awards. MIT is a major sponsor of the SIGCIS auction, donating a range of books each year. Income from these books is used to fund the MIT Press awards.
  • UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies Travel Awards. Funded anually since 2010 by $500 donations from the UWM School of Information Studies in celebration of its Ph.D. program and new research group in Social Studies of Information.

Travel Support for Presenters at the SIGCIS Workshop

Applications are encouraged from all graduate students, unemployed scholars or temporary employees without access to institutional travel support seekign to present a paper or otherwise participate in the program of the annual SIGCIS Workshop. In April 2010 the SHOT executive council clarified that participants in the SIGCIS workshop are not considered as participants in the SHOT conference program and so are not eligible for SHOT's own financial support.

To request consideration for funding simply check the appropriate box when submitting your proposal online for the workshop. We may contact you later to request additional information, including an estimate of how much money you will be receiving from other sources. SIGCIS awards will not exceed $500 and will usually be lower so should not be relied upon to cover the full cost of attending.

Travel Support for Presenters in the Main SHOT Conference

We are prioritizing our funds for those presenting only at the SIGCIS workshop, as SHOT has its own funds for those presenting in the main conference. If you are presenting in the main conference but not the workshop then we are unlikely to be able to make an award. This applies even if the session is sponsored by SIGCIS. For those presenting in the main conference and the workshop we will make awards when funds permit. The main SHOT program for graduate student travel grants is explained at http://www.historyoftechnology.org/awards/travelgrants.html and has a complex application form. Note that you must be a SHOT member to apply for a SHOT travel grant.

Award Recipients To Date

2013: SIGCIS Workshop Old Ideas: Recomputing the History of Information Technology in Portland, Maine

2012: SIGCIS Workshop on Information Identities: Historical Perspectives on Technological and Social Change in Copenhagen, Denmark

2011: SIGCIS Workshop on Cultures & Communities in the History of Computing in Cleveland, Ohio

2010: SIGCIS Workshop on Materiality & Immateriality in the History of Computing in Tacoma, Washington

  • Computer History Museum Travel Award: Mai Sugimoto, Kyoto University, $500 to present “Making Computers Logical: Edmund Berkeley’s Promotion of Logical Machines.”
  • Computer History Museum Travel Award: Dave Goodwin, Birkbeck College London, $500 to present a dissertation in progress on “Digital Equipment's Rise and Fall, Could it Have Been Avoided?”
  • Michael S. Mahoney Travel Award: Ksenia Tatarchenko, Princeton University, $300 to present a dissertation in progress on “The Akademgorodok Computing Center (1958-1990).”
  • MIT Press Travel Award:Petrina Foti, Smithsonian NMAH, $300 to present “Museums and the Material Culture of Video Games."
  • MIT Press Travel Award: Marie Hicks, Duke University, $300 to present "'The World Looks to Britain': Technology Transfer, Heterogeneous Engineering, and British Computing Companies’ Attempt to Capture the Indian Market, 1955-1965."
  • UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies Information History Travel Award: Hansen Hsu, Cornell University, $300 to present a dissertation in progress on “A History and Ethnography of the Cocoa Software Community.”
  • UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies Information History Travel Award: Olga Pantelidou, National Technical University of Athens, $200 to chair a session on "Teaching & Showing" and also present in the main SHOT meeting.

2009 SIGCIS Workshop on Mike Mahoney and the Histories of Computing in Pittsburgh:

  • MIT Press Travel Award: Stephen Patnode, Temple University, $200 to present "The Impact of Computers on Corporate Paternalism in the Post-war United States" in the Political Institutions session of the SIGCIS Workshop.
  • MIT Press Travel Award: Hansen Hsu, Cornell University, $200 to present “Connections between the Software Crisis and Object-Oriented Programming” in the SIGCIS workshop.
  • Michael S. Mahoney Travel Award: Evan Koblentz, InfoAge Science Center, $200 to present "The Pre-History of Portable Computers" in the SIGCIS organized SHOT session "Paths Not Taken and Paths Retraced in the History of Technology.
  • Michael S. Mahoney Travel Award: Chris McDonald, Princeton University, $200 to present "From Computer Utility to Time-Sharing: Politics and Technology in the 1960s American Computer Industry" in the SIGCIS organized SHOT session "Paths Not Taken and Paths Retraced in the History of Technology.

2008: SHOT Annual Meeting in Washington, DC

  • MIT Press Travel Award: Honghong Tinn, Cornell University, $400 to present "Tinkering with Overseas-Shipped Mainframe Computers in Cold War Taiwan, 1945-1965".