Keesom '08 awarded U.S. DHS Security Career Development Fellowship

August 8, 2011


Jeff Keesom graduated from URCS in '08, and completed a Masters in Software Engineering at RIT the following year.  Currently, he is attending Syracuse University where he is pursuing a combined law degree and Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, with a Certificate in Security Studies.

Because of his interests in national security and technology policy and his technical degrees from UR and RIT, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded Keesom  the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Career Development Fellowship to support his studies. It provides full funding, including living expenses, for all three years of his program. He is the first and currently only law student in the country to receive this fellowship.

Keesom is especially interested in cyber security. He has no interest in practicing law at this point; just having the legal background and analytical skills that a legal education provides. However, Keesom still plans to take the bar exam, so that he can do some volunteer legal work. His goal is to work in the national security-sector on cyber security issues, preferably for the federal government, after graduation.
 He will graduate next May and continue his quest to fight cyber crime and terrorism.