Last month, the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) participated in the University of Maryland's 15th annual Maryland Day. Students and staff from START were on hand to discuss research and educational opportunities with the more than 100,000 visitors to Maryland's campus.
"Maryland Day allows us the opportunity to speak with and educate the community about the human causes and consequences of terrorism," said Jessica Rivinius, START's Communications Director.
"While terrorism is a serious topic, we try to find fun ways to convey the information and connect with our community members so that they walk away better informed and aware of efforts being taken to understand and counter terrorism."
The START booth hosted a Terrorism IQ Quiz as well as the "Terrorist vs. Rock band" game. When given the name of a group, visitors had to guess whether the group in question was a terrorist organization or a rock band. For example: One Republic- terrorist group or rock band?
Maryland Day also gave START an opportunity to highlight their internship and research opportunities to thousands of current and future Maryland students. START is dedicated to training and mentoring a new generation of scholars and analysts through academic and research programs including the Global Terrorism Minor, the Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis and internships.
For more information on START's educational offerings, visit www.start.umd.edu/education/about-education.