Pam Estell is a 2008 AAUW Honolulu Academic Scholarship recipient. In her own words, here’s how our scholarship’s helped her!
My name is Pam Estell and I am a third year Ph.D. student at University of Hawai’i Manoa, studying Information and Communication Sciences. This interdisciplinary program allows students to engage with, and dive deeply into intertwined subject areas like social informatics, social media, communication, information technology, management, data, and network science. Upon completion of the Ph.D. program at UH Manoa, I would like to pursue a career as a full time college professor and researcher. At present, my research program seeks to examine the use of social media within organizations (often referred to as Enterprise Social Networking Sites ESNS) and its role in organizational productivity.
This spring, the AAUW Honolulu has generously awarded me a scholarship that will allow me to present a research paper that was recently accepted to the Hawai’i International Conference on Systems Sciences (HICSS) in Wailea, Maui. Not only does publishing and presenting this paper fulfill a core requirement for my degree program, it is an important first step in joining a broader academic conversation on topics that affect the everyday lives of both organizations and their employees. Additionally, as females are typically underrepresented in STEM fields such as information science, this conference provides the opportunity for me to network with other seasoned women in the IS field. Finally, this conference will allow the opportunity to receive feedback on my research schedule that will be invaluable as I approach the dissertation phase of the program. The HICSS paper will serve as the baseline for my dissertation research and the input from other academics well seasoned in their fields will undoubtedly help me refine its scope moving forward. I’m moved and very humbled by the AAUW Honolulu’s generosity and investment in students such as myself. This conference will surely serve as a springboard for continued academic participation and leadership as I continue to learn and grow as an academic and researcher.