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Update: We are pleased to announce the winner and two semifinalists of the 2015 "Bobby R. Inman Award" for Student Scholarship on Intelligence. Donald Kretz, a PhD student at the University of Texas at Dallas, has been selected as the recipient of the inaugural award. His paper, Strategies to Reduce Cognitive Bias in Intelligence Analysis: Can Mild Interventions Improve Analytic Judgments, can be found here. Cullen Nutt, a PhD student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Philip Nichols, a recent graduate of Pennsylvania State University, are the two semifinalists. Their papers are available here and here.

Overview: The Inman Award competition is designed to recognize outstanding research and writing by students at the undergraduate or graduate levels on topics related to intelligence and national security. There is no prescribed topic, format or length for papers submitted. It is presumed that most papers will have been prepared to satisfy a course or degree requirement of the author’s academic program. Co-authored and “team project” papers will be accepted.

Eligibility: All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at an accredited U.S. higher education institution during the 2014-15 academic year are eligible to participate. The paper submitted must have been written for a class undertaken during the 2014-15 academic year; papers written in previous years will not be accepted. Students are welcome to make edits to papers based on feedback from professors at their discretion. A student may submit only one paper.

Deadline: June 30, 2015.

Submission Requirements: Papers should be submitted electronically to Anne Clary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include a short biographic profile of the author with current contact information, the date when the paper was completed and a description of any course requirement that was satisfied by the paper. All papers should be appropriately attributed using footnotes or endnotes.

Judging Process and Standards: Papers will be judged on the basis of academic rigor, clear presentation, creativity and the potential to contribute positively to the U.S. intelligence community. Faculty and staff members associated with the Intelligence Studies Project, Strauss Center, Clements Center, and/or LBJ School of Public Affairs will review the submissions and select the winning papers.

Awards and Recognition: The Inman Award and a $5000 prize will be presented to the author of the winning paper. Two papers will be recognized as Inman Award semifinalists and $2500 will be awarded to the author of each. Cash prizes will be conveyed directly to sole authors or divided equally among co-authors. At least one cash prize will be awarded to an undergraduate author. Recipients of cash prizes are solely responsible for any tax liability that may accompany receipt of such funds. The Inman Award winner and semifinalists will be notified on or before August 1, 2015.

If requested, the Intelligence Studies Project will assist in publishing the winning paper and also ensure it is made available to current intelligence practitioners interested in the paper’s topic. At the discretion of the Intelligence Studies Project, the authors of meritorious papers that are not recognized with an award and cash prize may be offered support in further research and editing in anticipation of publication.

Ownership and Use: All papers submitted in connection with the Inman Award competition shall become the property of the University of Texas at Austin and the Intelligence Studies Project for 60 days after the June 30, 2015 deadline. All rights revert to the author(s) after that date or prior to that date with express authorization of the Intelligence Studies Project.

Intellectual Integrity: Papers submitted in connection with the Inman Award competition will be presumed to satisfy the academic standards of the institution where the author is enrolled. At the sole discretion of the Intelligence Studies Project, papers judged not to meet appropriate standards of intellectual integrity will be disqualified from the competition.

Questions: Please contact Anne Clary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions regarding the Inman Award competition.

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