Monday, July 18, 2011

Two Fairmont State University students attended an academic seminar hosted by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars in Washington, D.C.  Logan Thorne, a political science major, and Nicole Allison, majoring in criminal justice, attended the “Top Secret: Challenges to National Security in a Global Society” seminar held May 15-21. The seminar is meant to provide students a guided experience of the national security landscape. Both students are members of the Honors Program.

"My experience at the Top Secret seminar has certainly expanded my knowledge of national security and the cooperation between government agencies required to keep our country safe,” said Allison.  “It will surely be an advantage during my continuing studies at Fairmont State, and I am excited for the upcoming semesters during which I can hopefully use what I learned in our nation's capital here in West Virginia."

The Washington Center provides several academic seminars a year relating to politics and government. In addition, the organization aids students in finding internships that reflect their interests at various offices and departments in D.C. The programs are competitive, with an application required. Housing is provided at townhouses owned by the Washington Center.

The Office of the Provost and the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts provided funds to support Thorne’s and Allison’s participation in the seminar.  The Honors Program has sent students to seminars hosted by The Washington Center for last five years.