Students attend the National Security Seminar in Washington, DC

Students attend the National Security Seminar in Washington, DC


JONESBORO – A group of political science students from Arkansas State University recently returned from a seminar in Washington, DC

“Ten students attended a weeklong program at the Washington Center dedicated to learning more about national security,” said Dr. Jordan Butcher, assistant professor of political science.

Students listened to expert speakers and traveled to locations such as the U.S. Secret Service Headquarters, Arlington Police Department, and the Cato Institute.

“These short seminar trips are great for the students to gain insight into all kinds of careers, listen to prestigious speakers and really interact with all the different components of government while experiencing DC and gaining college credit,” Butcher added.

Students applied to participate in the trip and were supported by special funding and support through the Berry Scholarship Foundation.

The Berry Scholarship was created by former House of Representatives member Marion Berry and his wife, Carolyn, as a way to assist A-State students who wish to live in or visit Washington, D.C. for a short period of time . Funds are awarded at the discretion of a scholarship committee to assist those who otherwise could not afford to visit the nation’s capital.

Butcher said that in addition to the seminars, students also attended a networking event hosted by The Washington Center where they could interact with professionals in their field of interest.

The seminar trips take place in January or May. Those interested in future programs can contact Butcher at [email protected].

Students and faculty leaders who attended the seminar in Washington, DC

Seminar participants included (from left to right) Houston Swan of Crossett, Tyler Camp of Paragould, Will Gist of Benton, George Vaughan of Paragould, Jimmy Dye of Trumann, Luke Coleman of Memphis, Jada Sumpter of West Helena, Casen May of Paragould, Kesley Pearson of Salem, faculty leader Dr. Jordan Butcher and Sarai Stubblefield of Little Rock.