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AFCEA Intelligence Scholarship 2011 Graduate Recipients

(Each winner received $5,000)


Ms. Karen Albert

University of Nebraska

Lincoln, NEMs

Albert is a graduate student pursuing her Ph.D. in U.S. Intelligence.  Her specific area of research is Political Science with emphasis on the sub-fields of International Relations and Comparative Politics.  She is a member of Central Eurasian Studies Society, the American Political Science Association, and also volunteers with the Great Plains National Security Education Consortium (GPNSEC) at the University.  Through GPNSEC, she mentors undergraduates interested in working for the Intelligence Community, helps put together training modules, and is helping plan a conference.  Eventually her goal is to teach, with an emphasis in intelligence studies.   

Captain Christpher W. Berardi, USAF

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

Captain Berardi, currently on active-duty, is a graduate student pursuing a degree in U.S. Intelligence.  His specific area of study focuses on Information Technology, in which he has a 5.0 GPA.  His current research focuses on the Design and Exploration of Terrorist Network Visualizations; looking to Improving the effectiveness of targeting through multidimensional data visualizations.  Previously he served overseas as the Deputy Director of Intelligence for a Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan.  It was this position which sparked his interest in pursuing his Ph.D. in order to lead a change of the internal processes of the Intelligence community.  He is an active member of United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel Ministry Services as well as a volunteer with Boy Scouts of America. 

Ms. Nicole Novetsky

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI

Ms. Novetsky is a graduate student of U.S. Intelligence, International studies.  She is in a Modern Middle Eastern and North African Studies Program which includes advanced studies of Modern Standard Arabic and intermediate studies of Modern Hebrew.  Her courses also include supplemental online classes from the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security Online Course Site.   Her career goal is to work for the U.S. government in the application of counter-radicalization theory in intelligence, military, international development, and diplomacy processes.  She volunteers at her children’s school in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well as is a student member of International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) and AFCEA.


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