ASIS announces 2011 Student Writing Competition

Alexandria, Va. (July 25, 2011) –The ASIS Academic Programs Council and the ASIS Foundation are calling for entries for the 2011 ASIS International Student Writing Competition. The writing competition rewards college and university 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 objective of this competition is to encourage critical thinking 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 Academic Programs Council. "The 2010 competition drew more than a dozen entries from students around the world. In 2011, we look forward to both expanding the reach of the program and to bringing forth valuable new insights and best practices to meet the challenges faced by security practitioners today and in the years to come."

Students may select one of six topics for their paper. Topics include the most promising technologies to meet tomorrow’s security challenges; improving the image and reputation of the security profession; protecting information and intangible assets in the 21st century; leveraging low-cost/low-tech solutions for contemporary security challenges; the impact of globalization on security, assets protection and organizational resilience; and the challenge of securing cyberspace: man or machine? Click here to view an expanded description of the topics.

The competition is open to any student, full or part-time, studying at an accredited institution pursuing an associate, bachelor or master’s degree. Cash prizes include $1,500 for the graduate winner; $1,000 for the undergraduate winner; and $500 to honorable mention winners at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Each winner also receives complimentary registration to one of ASIS’ annual events—the Annual Seminar and Exhibits (to be held in Philadelphia, Sept. 10-13, 2012), the ASIS European Security Conference, the ASIS Asia-Pacific Conference, or the ASIS Middle East Security Conference.

The ASIS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, advances the security profession worldwide by funding leading-edge research, education and training. ASIS International is the preeminent organization for security management professionals worldwide.

Download the 2011 ASIS International Student Writing Competition application here or go to Deadline for submission is Dec. 3. A three-person review committee affiliated with academic institutions, including a member of the ASIS Academic Programs Council, will judge the submissions. For more information and requirements for the 2011 Student Writing Competition, click here.