Communication and information technologies are transforming society, impacting a cross section of human activity far greater than any innovation since the printing press. Leaders in this nexus of technology and society require insight and expertise transcending the individual disciplines from which the underlying technologies and their applications arise.

The Communication and Information Sciences (CIS) PhD program at the University of Hawaii was established in 1986 to meet this need. CIS was one of the first interdisciplinary programs of its nature, foreshadowing the recent trend of interdisciplinary information schools. It transitioned from a provisional to a permanent program in 1994. CIS is sponsored by four units: The Department of Information and Computer Sciences and the Library and Information Science Program in the College of Natural Sciences, the School of Communications in the College of Social Sciences, and the Department of Information Technology Management in the Shidler College of Business. The program is unique at UH Manoa, crossing three colleges.

The CIS PhD program participates in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). This program allows students from participating states to received reduced tuition rates at the University of Hawaii. More information is available from WRGP and UH Graduate Division.

The CIS Program Office is located in the basement of Hamilton Library (002C) inside the Library and Information Science administrative area. Please email to arrange a visit. The office is closed when Hamilton Library is closed.

The CIS Chair is Liz Davidson (as of 8/1/2015); her contact information and office hours are:

office hours: by appointment

office location: E303e Shidler College of Business or CIS Program Office, Hamilton Library (002c)

The deadline for all applicants is February 1, 2016 for fall admission.

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Dr. Trisha Lin Tsui-Chuan Won Two Awards at the 61st Broadcast Education Association Conference
The love of knowledge and research made Professor Trisha Lin Tsui-Chuan pleasantly surprised.
Lin received two awards for her papers at the annual Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Association Conference held in Las Vegas. “It is not easy to receive an award and I got two at the same conference,” said Lin, who added that she was very “surprised” when she received the news.

The BEA is an international academic media organization with a dedicated focus on electronic media research and teaching. Members of BEA include more than 2,500 professors, students and media professionals worldwide.

“I love knowledge and doing research in new areas. That is what I am interested in.”

The submission of Lin’s research paper – “Understanding User Experiences of A Multiscreen Social TV System: A Mix-Method Study” – has earned her the 1st Top Faculty Paper award in the category of Interactive Media and Emerging Technologies Division.

Her other research paper titled, “How Sociability and Social Presence Influence Viewers’ Bridging Social Capital and Program Loyalty,” has received the 2nd Top Faculty Paper award in category of Research Division.

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Dr. Rajib Subba Conferred with
Rajib is recognized by Nepal Academy of Science and Technology of his dedication to the field of communication and information sciences.
Our alumnus Dr. Rajib Subba has been conferred with "NAST Science and Technology Promotion Award-2015" by the Prime Minister of
Nepal Mr. K. P. Oli on 6th December, 2015. Dr. Subba has been contributed in the diffusion of science and technology relation
information through appropriate and effective use of information and
communication technologies, and for promoting scientific awareness in
the society through various publications. Besides a certificate, Dr. Subba also received cash prize of Rupees 50,000. This annual award is established by Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) 30 years ago. NAST was established in 1982 with a view to promote Science and Technology in Nepal.

Jennifer Beamer awarded Scholarship by the Right 2 Research Organization and SPARC
Jennifer Beamer has been selected by the Right 2 Research Organization and SPARC as an invited participant at OpenCon 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.
The OpenCon 2015 Organizing Committee and alumni viewed her as "an especially strong candidate" that "will be able to advance Scholarly Communication - Open Access, Open Data and Open Education." From thousands of applications (~3500 and accepted 3%), hers "was among the very strongest..." We are so proud of you, Jennifer!

OpenCon 2015, "Empowering the Next Generation to Advance Open Access, Open Education and Open Data," will take place during November 14-16 in Brussels, Belgium. Please see for more information.