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EKU Homeland Security Program Holds 2nd Annual Research Showcase

EKU Homeland Security Program Holds 2nd Annual Research Showcase
On Thursday, December 3, 2015, the Homeland Security Program at Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Justice and Safety held it’s 2nd Annual Research Showcase.  The showcase, consisting of both 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 thirty 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 as well as a new award to this year’s showcase, 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 2015 judges were:
· Mr. Michael Bryant – Madison County Emergency Management
· Mr. Dwayne Depp – Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training
· Dr. Jonathan Gore – EKU Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors
· Ms. Kimberley Kavanaugh – EKU Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors
· Mr. Roco Pepe – Kentucky Emergency Management 
· Mr. Keith Rossmiller – Kentucky Intelligence Fusion Center 
· Dr. Tom Schneid – EKU Department of Safety and Security 
Following the poster presentation session, Mr. Rossmiller presented a keynote address and five undergraduate student presentations were delivered.   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 nine members.   Further, during the showcase, Dr. Fred May was presented with gifts commemorating his upcoming retirement from the EKU Homeland Security Program.   The night was concluded with the announcement of the winners in both the poster and oral presentation categories.  
The winner of the poster presentation was Ms. Renee Groulx, a senior Homeland Security major from Louisville, Kentucky.  Renee’s poster was entitled, “FirstDefender RMX Handheld Identification System and Applications in Homeland Security.”   Renee’s poster was based on her research for her HLS 441 course, “Homeland Security Technology”.  
The winner of the oral presentation was Mr. Matthew Waters, a junior Homeland Security major from Corinth, Kentucky.  Matt’s presentation was entitled, “Domestic Terrorist Analysis” and was based on his research from his HLS 321W course, “Critical Problem Analysis”.    
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 

Published on December 08, 2015

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