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Student Writing Competition

Facilitated by the ASIS Academic Programs Council, administered by the ASIS Foundation, and sponsored by Securitas, 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.

The undergraduate winner will receive $1,000, and the graduate winner $1,500. Additionally, the winning students will be invited to author an article for publication in Securitas USA’s Top Security Threats Survey.

Two students will win Honorable Mention awards of $500 each.

Graduate and undergraduate winners’ papers will be included in the Poster Session at the ASIS International 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Anaheim, Ca.

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The competition is open to any student, both full or part-time, pursuing an associate, bachelor, or masters degree studying at an accredited institution. Current year's graduates may participate in the competition.

Application Process

Each student's application must include the application form, official transcript, and a letter of recommendation. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.

DEADLINE: December 21, 2015


2015 submission topics include:

Students may select to report on one of these six topics:

  • Protecting information and intangible assets in the 21st Century
  • The challenge of securing cyberspace: man or machine?
  • Leveraging low-cost/low-tech solutions for contemporary security challenges
  • The impact of globalization on security and organizational resilience
  • The most promising technologies to meet tomorrow's security challenges
  • How can safety and security be built in to the buildings of tomorrow? Need ideas in design and construction.
  • The top security risks we face today: are they really what we think they are?

Selection Process

A three-person review committee affiliated with academic institutions, including a member of the ASIS Academic Programs Council, will judge the submissions. Papers must:

  • Be between 3,000 and 6,000 words, not including appendices or attachments
  • Employ a recognized citation style, such as Chicago, Modern Language Association, or American Psychological Association
  • Be written in English, using one-and-a-half or double spacing in Times New Roman, Book Antiqua, or Arial 12-point font Please note: While papers may include illustrations, charts, tables, and graphs, these will not apply against word count requirements. 

The review committee will consider:

  • Whether administrative specifications were met
  • Relevance of the content and specific subject matter to the topic
  • Creativity in addressing the issue at hand
  • Organization and overall quality of the written product
  • Applicability of analysis and the conclusions presented

​This award is made possible through the exclusive sponsorship and generosity of Securitas.