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RDA Data Share Announces Fellowship Awards

RDA Data Share, an early career engagement program for the Research Data Alliance/US (RDA/US), is pleased to announce its selection of the 2016 cohort of Fellows.

The RDA Data Share Fellowship review committee received a large number of strong applications, and based on applicants’ expertise and interests, as well as on potential benefits to individual careers and to the RDA, the program awarded 14 fellowships – almost a doubled increase compared to the previous year. These fellowships include:


  • Jacob Bloom, Software developer
    Chemical Semantics, Inc.
  • Elise Dunham, Data curation specialist
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Jillian Dunic, Masters student
    University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Christopher Eaker, Data curation librarian
    University of Tennessee Libraries
  • Ahmed Eleish, Doctoral student
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Faraz Faghri, Doctoral student
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Thomas Gillespie, Doctoral student
    University of California, San Diego
  • Adam Kriesberg, Postdoctoral fellow
    University of Maryland/ USDA National Agricultural Library
  • Kai Li, Doctoral student
    Drexel University
  • Lindsay Poirier, Doctoral student
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Stephanie Simms, Research data specialist
    California Digital Library, University of California Curation Center
  • Andrea Thomer, Doctoral student
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Arika Virapongse, Courtesy faculty
    University of Florida
  • Ayoung Yoon, Assistant professor
    Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis





Fellows will begin their term in May 2016, with the duration of the fellowship ranging between 12 and 18 months. A major component of their work will include working on their own proposed project and collaborating with one of over 50 working and interest groups in RDA.

To learn more about the program and to read about its current and previous Fellows, visit the RDA Data Share Program webpage >>