Mercyhurst announces inaugural intel cohort to study at Cambridge

Five Mercyhurst University intelligence studies majors have been chosen as the inaugural cohort to study intelligence at one of the world’s leading universities – the United Kingdom’s University of Cambridge.

Only top students from around the world are admitted to the highly competitive four-week summer program, which offers participants the opportunity to work with leading practitioners and academics from the security and intelligence communities in exploring the “craft of intelligence.”

The students are Katelyn Bailey, Emily Francis, Lauren Pacileo, Ethan Redrup and Julie Smicinski.

“I'm excited for this opportunity, and it is really an honor to be chosen to represent Mercyhurst abroad, especially at such a prestigious institution,” said Redrup, a junior from Corry. “I look forward to learning from some of the most respected and experienced experts in the field, and also to working with a diverse group to look at security issues from a non-U.S. perspective.”

“With this experience I am hoping to further enrich my passion and knowledge of international intelligence issues as well as test my current ideas and opinions through the diverse and challenging environment offered at Cambridge University,” said Bailey, a junior from Winsted, Conn. “I believe the invitation to attend Cambridge this summer reflects the prestigious reputation of Mercyhurst’s intelligence program not only within the U.S. intelligence community, but worldwide.

Launched this year at Cambridge’s Pembroke College, the new, high-level International Security and Intelligence Program is co-chaired by Sir Richard Dearlove, former head of the British Secret Intelligence Service and current master of Pembroke; and Professor Christopher Andrew, emeritus professor of Modern and Contemporary History and founder of the Intelligence Seminar at the University of Cambridge.

“Thanks to our new partnership with Cambridge, our top intelligence studies students have access to an exceptional academic opportunity,” said James Breckenridge, Ph.D., executive director of the Institute for Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst University, who facilitated the agreement. “We have every confidence that these students will be an exemplary representation of the academic excellence inherent in Mercyhurst’s intelligence studies program.”

PHOTO: (l-r) Ethan Redrup, Emily Francis, Lauren Pacileo, Julie Smicinski and Katelyn Bailey





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