MSIQ Student Aziz Eram Awarded Acxiom Diversity Scholarship

EramAcxiom Corporation announced that Aziz Eram, a first year student in the Master of Science in Information Quality (MSIQ) program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), was awarded an Acxiom Diversity Scholarship in the amount  $5,000. The Acxiom Diversity Scholarship Program was designed by Acxiom Corporation to create an inclusive and supportive workplace environment. Eram’s award was one of 10 Diversity Scholarships given by Acxiom in 2016.

Eram joined the UALR MSIQ program in fall 2015 after completing her Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from Osmania University in India. She also completed her undergraduate degree in Statistics and Computer Science from Osmania University in 2012. Eram is also a graduate research assistant on a project sponsored by Black Oak Analytics, Inc., a Little Rock-based information quality company.

In an interview, Eram said “I am honored and grateful to have been selected as a recipient of the Acxiom Diversity Scholarship. This award will not only allow me to continue my studies at UALR, but it also reaffirms my faith that hard work does get recognized and appreciated, which is indeed a great feeling. This is a big development in my life as it gives me a moral boost and creates self-confidence to excel and continue to pursue academic excellence through my current studies and beyond. I would also like to extend special thanks to Dr. Talburt for guiding me, since I started with IQ Program.”

Aziz is not the first MSIQ Student to receive this Scholarship. IQ alumnus Abhishek Kumar received an Acxiom Diversity Scholarship Award in 2015 and is now a full-time Acxiom associate. “We are very proud of the many distinguished accomplishments of the students and alumni of the UALR Information Quality Graduate Program,” said Dr. John Talburt the IQ program coordinator. “It is especially fitting that Eram’s and Abhishek’s awards came from Acxiom because Acxiom was one of the original founders of the information quality program at UALR.”

Acxiom is an enterprise data, analytics and software Services Company. For more than 40 years, the company has been a leader in harnessing the powerful potential of data to strengthen connections between people, business and their partners. Acxiom is headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas with additional locations around the United States. The company also has operations in Europe, Latin American and Asia Pacific.

Diverse students who are enrolled full-time in a post-secondary degree program in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Management Information Systems, Information Quality, Information Systems, Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics or related areas of study are eligible for the program. In addition to the monetary award, scholarship winner are also eligible to receive a paid internship at one of Acxiom’s worldwide locations. The scholarships are renewable up to one year. Acxiom encourages women, veterans, minorities, and individuals with a disability to apply for this scholarship. Anyone wanting to know more about the Acxiom Diversity Scholarship should contact Candice Offonry (

Established in 2006 by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT) in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Information Quality (MIT IQ), the UALR Information Quality Graduate Program is dedicated to promoting state of the art curriculum in information quality education, contributing new ideas to the information quality knowledge base, and establishing information quality partnerships with the community, government, and industry.  The Program’s Master’s Degree has recently been ranked by College Choice as one of 50 Best Online Master’s Degrees in Information Technology Programs.

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