On Tuesday, April 23rd, the Operations and Information Management (OPIM) Department held its 2019 Management Information Systems (MIS) Scholarship Banquet. There, 45 MIS students were awarded on merit and academic excellence, with a new award, the “MIS MVP Award,” being handed out for the first time.
After opening remarks by OPIM Department Head Suresh Nair, MIS Academic Director Jonathan Moore updated everyone on the progress of the MIS program. Most notably:
- the analytics minor is now the most popular minor in the school of business, with 172 students currently enrolled.
- Data Visualization and Gamification in Business are now permanent courses in the MIS curriculum.
- 144 students are currently enrolled in the MIS major, a 41% increase in enrollment since Jonathan Moore began his work as MIS Academic Director in 2017.
- the Management and Engineering for Manufacturing program has formed an alliance with OPIM Innovate and, through its lab renovations, will expand the initiative’s reach.
Recipients of the MIS scholarships had a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.60 and an average cumulative GPA of 3.72. This bested numbers from the previous year, where the minimum cumulative GPA was 3.57 and the average cumulative GPA was 3.69. After each student came up to receive their award, Moore then announced the winner of the MIS MVP Award: Victoria Trautman, (’20) president of the Information Management Association. Due to her activism for the MIS program in connecting alumni to students and creating a community for everyone in the major, he thought her a perfect recipient. She was invited up to the podium where she spoke of how she was discouraged to pursue STEM in youth, but how coming to UConn and seeing women in those fields changed her self-perception and drew her to MIS. After her acceptance speech, the event ended with closing remarks by Bob Day, Associate Dean of the School of Business.
We would like to congratulate everyone who received an award at the 2019 MIS Scholarship Banquet! To graduating seniors: good luck with your future professional endeavors! We wish you well!