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Debate of experience vs. education is theme of IAEM-Global Student Council's 2015 Student Essay Contest

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In emergency management, the age-old debate of experience versus education is particularly important, given that the profession and study of emergency management grew from the practitioner side and the newness of academic programs in this area. Choosing to pursue specialized knowledge and hands-on experience through practical experience or seeking academic knowledge through a university program is sometimes difficult to decide for a person entering the profession. There has even been a term coined, "pracademic," for those who choose to pursue both the practical and academic paths. In an effort to raise awareness of the choices that new emergency managers must make when choosing their career paths and to better understand those choices, the IAEM-Global Student Council is launching its 2015 Student Essay Contest to assess the understanding that students have of this issue. A panel of academics, practitioners, and a member of the IAEM-Global Student Council will select both an undergraduate and graduate winner. Each winner will be provided with a complimentary conference registration and hotel costs for the IAEM 63rd Annual Conference & EMEX, Nov. 13-18, 2015, Clark County, Nevada. Additionally, both winning submissions will be published in the IAEM Bulletin. Complete information, guidelines, and details are available here. Submissions must be emailed to no later than July 1, 2015, 16:59 hours UTC. more

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