USD student receives Homeland Security fellowship

USD student receives Homeland Security fellowship University of South Dakota clinical psychology graduate student James "Ric" Monroe recently received one of the highly competitive awards under the Homeland Security Scholars and Fellows Program.�

This prestigious three-year fellowship provides an annual stipend, tuition and fees remission, summer internship opportunities, and support for Monroe's educational and professional development activities. Monroe will be required to complete one off-campus research internship at a DHS-designated facility during the summer of 2005.

Monroe is originally from Worthington, OH, and received his bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Ohio University in 2002. Upon admission to the clinical psychology training program last year, Monroe was selected as a Disaster Mental Health Institute (DMHI) Fellow, a position which he currently holds. He is currently working under the supervision of his major advisor and director of the DMHI, professor Jerry Jacobs.

As his master's thesis project, Monroe is examining the coping strategies of Red Cross relief workers who were stationed at Ground Zero during the aftermath of�the Sept-ember 11 terrorist attacks in New York, utilizing an extensive data set generated from a DMHI/Red Cross collaborative research project.�

According to professor Barb Yutrzenka, director of the USD clinical psychology training program, "The added value of Ric's current and future affiliation with the DMHI and the clinical/disaster specialization within his clinical psychology doctoral work contributes to the unique match between his skills, experience, and career focus and the intent of the Department of Homeland Security Fellowship."

The DHS Scholars and Fellows Program is designed to support, stimulate, and tap into the intellectual capital in academia to address current and future homeland security challenges, while at the same time educating and inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers dedicated to improving homeland security.

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