Kentucky State University psychology students Ivan Duvall and Chandler Al Namer are among 80 students from 28 universities from around the U.S. who have been selected to attend the 2017 National Security Analysis & Intelligence Summer Seminars (NSAISS) in Washington DC. The seminars, which Mr. Duvall will attend in June and Ms. Al Namer will attend in August, will engage students from institutions such as Duke University, Florida International University, the University of New Mexico, the University of Texas at El Paso, and other institutions in learning about various aspects of the Intelligence Community.

Students in last year’s seminars “learned about various aspects of the Intelligence Community, participated in a career fair with over 14 agencies represented, and visited both the Naval Intelligence Center and the Central Intelligence Agency. In addition, the students went to Arlington National Cemetery to witness the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns and the Flight 77 Memorial at the Pentagon…the students were involved in two intelligence simulations led by intelligence agency professionals and then conducted a second simulation with intelligence officers from the State of New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.” In addition to attending seminar events, students will have the chance to network with members of the intelligence community and other students who share an interest in working in the field of intelligence.

Mr. Duvall and Ms. Al Namer’s attendance at the seminars is supported by the Bluegrass State Intelligence Consortium Academic Center for Excellence, which awards points for attending and participating in various consortium events.

They and other students from Behavioral and Social Sciences have presented posters and papers at consortium workshops, attended lectures, and helped to organize and host the Radicalization workshop held at Kentucky State University early in February.

Students who are interested in careers in security, intelligence, homeland defense, or forensics should contact Dr. Mara Merlino at for information about the BGIC CAE programs and events.