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Student Writing Competition - 2011 Winners

The winners of the 2011 ASIS Academic Programs Council Student Writing competition are:

  • First Place to Gavin Hartsell, Webster University
  • Honorable Mention to Francis Socha, Webster University
  • First Place to James Grantham, John Jay College
  • Honorable Mention to Tyson Striech, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Sponsored by the ASIS Academic Programs Council and administered by the ASIS Foundation, the ASIS International Student Writing Competition rewards students who conduct research, engage in thoughtful deliberation, and write an academic paper between 3,000 and 6,000 words on an issue relevant to the security and assets protection profession.

Graduate student Hartsell’s winning essay addressed Low-Cost, Low-Tech Church Security Solutions. Cloud Computing and Security was the focus of graduate Honorable Mention recipient Socha’s essay. The winning undergraduate student essay, written by James Grantham, student at John Jay College, reflected on Improving the Image and Reputation of the Security Professional. The fourth award for Honorable Mention, presented to undergraduate, tackled the challenges associated with Security Information and Intellectual Property and was written by Tyson Striech.

The annual competition is open to any student, both full and part-time, pursuing an associate, bachelor, or master’s degree studying at an accredited institution. A three-person review committee affiliated with academic institutions, including a member of the ASIS Academic Programs Council, judges the submissions.

The undergraduate winner will receive $1,000, and the graduate winner $1,500. Each winner also receives complimentary registration to one of ASIS' annual events - the ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits, ASIS European Conference, Asia/Pacific Conference, or Middle East Conference. Two students winning Honorable Mention awards receive $500 each.