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CISS students take first place

The center for intelligence and security studies awarded prestigious title and federal funding. CISS students win first prize as presenters

In September, The University of Mississippi’s Center for Intelligence and Security Studies (CISS) received the title of an Academic Center of Excellence from the Director of National Intelligence.

In addition to this honor, CISS receives funding from the federal government to develop courses and fund study abroad opportunities, workshops and outreach programs.

Carl Jensen, director of CISS, said he feels that when students apply for jobs in the intelligence community they are well-prepared after being a member of CISS.

“Not only do (students) know how to do analysis, but they know how to think critically and write briefs in ways the intelligence community likes,” Jensen said.

Every year, CISS attends the Five Eyes Analytical Workshop sponsored by the Defense Intelligence Agency.

This was the first year students from Academic Center of Excellence universities were invited to the workshop.

“This is a great opportunity for students,” Jensen said.
“They get to sit at tables with intelligence professors from around the world.”

While attending the workshop, Jensen required students to make a presentation. This year’s topic was global issues on social media.
Ole Miss students Alison Bartel and Lillian Hoffer took first prize as presenters in the workshop.

Jensen said he is proud of the students for winning first place at the conference.

“I’m thrilled to death,”Jensen said.
“It’s really brought a lot of positive feedback to the university.”