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Student Writing Competition - 2009 Winners

The ASIS Council on Academic Programs in Colleges and Universities and the ASIS Foundation have announced the undergraduate and graduate winners of the 2009 Student Writing Competition. The competition rewards college and university students who conduct research, engage in thoughtful deliberation and write an academic paper on an issue relevant to the security and assets protection profession.

The graduate winner is Irfan Pandoor at the University of Salford in the United Kingdom, for his paper "Leveraging Low Cost Solutions" (read an article from Info4Security.com about Pandoor's paper).Pandoor is getting a master's degree in international business. Honorable mention goes to Lou Ann Ehret, Webster University in Albuquerque, N.M., for her paper "Protecting Personal Information in the 21st Century." Ehret has completed her master's in business and organizational security.

The undergraduate winner is Tim Jordan at the University of Public Administration in Bremen, Germany, who is majoring in risk and security management. His paper was titled "Protecting Information and Intangible Assets in the 21st Century." Honorable mention goes to Kevin Panneton at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, Mass., and his paper "Promising Technologies to Meet Tomorrow's Security Challenges." Panneton is majoring in criminal justice.

Pandoor will receive $1,500 and Jordan will receive $1,000. Each winner also receives a complimentary registration to ASIS 2010 in Dallas, Oct. 12-15. The two honorable mention winners will receive awards of $500 each. Entries were judged on several criteria, including the creativity of the students' approach to the topic, organization of the material, overall writing quality and the author's ability to analyze information sources and draw relevant conclusions.

"The more than two dozen entries from students around the world supported our objective of encouraging critical thinking, research and analysis to help make our world a safer and more secure place to live, work, govern and conduct business," says Kevin Peterson, CPP, coordinator of the Student Writing Competition and a member of the ASIS Council on Academic Programs in Colleges and Universities. "ASIS International is an excellent resource for students, academicians and practitioners with an interest in security, assets protection, and business and risk management."