EKU Homeland Security Program Holds 3rd Annual Research Showcase
On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, the Homeland Security Program at Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Justice and Safety held it’s 3rd Annual Research Showcase. The showcase, consisting of both juried poster and oral presentations, provides an avenue for undergraduate students to demonstrate their work and experience communicating their research with others. The HLS Research Showcase was first conceptualized during the 2014 EKU Assurance of Learning Day, a yearly opportunity for EKU faculty to discuss student learning within their specific academic programs.
This year’s showcase included forty-two posters and five oral presentations providing a broad representation of the diversity of topics, approaches and research interests in the HLS program. Students competed against one another for a first place plaque in each category and funds from the Dr. Norman Spain Excellence in Research Scholarship.
Dr. Norman Spain retired from the EKU College of Justice and Safety in December 2014. Prior to his departure, his family endowed a scholarship in his name for future generations of EKU Homeland Security students. Consequently, the winners of both the poster and oral presentation categories received scholarships from this fund. The winners were determined by rubrics utilized by a panel of judges. The 2016 judges were:
· Mr. Jarred Ball – Kentucky Office of Homeland Security
· Mr. Dwayne Depp – Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training
· Dr. Jonathan Gore – EKU Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors
· Mr. Dustin Heiser – Madison County Emergency Management
· Ms. Kimberley Kavanaugh – EKU Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors
· Ms. Anne Meade – Drug Enforcement Administration
· Mr. James Lewis – Kentucky Department of Emergency Management
· Dr. Tom Schneid – EKU Department of Safety and Security
From L to R: Jacob Peoples, Dr. Ryan Baggett and Bailey Cox
Following the poster presentation session, the keynote speaker for the evening was Special Agent Eric Metz from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Agent Metz is the Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the FBI’s Louisville Division. Following the keynote, six homeland security students delivered five oral presentations. After the presentations, the seven judges deliberated while the EKU Chapter of the Order of the Sword and Shield (National Homeland Security Honor Society) inducted ten members. The evening concluded with the announcement of the winners in both the poster and oral presentation categories.
The winner of the oral presentation was Mr. Jacob Peoples, a senior Homeland Security major from Cary, North Carolina. Jacob’s presentation was entitled, “The Syrian War of Attrition: How the World Superpowers are Fighting Each Other” and was based on his research from the HLS 403 course, “Intelligence Analysis”.
The winner of the poster presentation was Mr. Bailey Cox, a senior Homeland Security major from Hebron, Kentucky. Bailey’s poster was entitled, “Artificial Intelligence Robots” and was based on his research from the HLS 441 course, “Homeland Security Technology”.
Overall, the showcase was very successful in demonstrating to the EKU community the significant role that student research plays in the HLS program. For more information on the Eastern Kentucky University Homeland Security Program, visit www.homelandsecurity.eku.edu.
Published on December 09, 2016