Two Undergraduate Cj Students Earn Inquiry Awards


Research Awards

Two undergraduate students earned move yesteryear query awards from the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice.

Two criminal judge undergraduates latterly captured move yesteryear pupil honors at the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice (SWACJ) conference inward Fort Worth.

Senior Beverly (Chia Chi) Liu together with Junior Kayla McCarns, both criminal judge majors together with members of the Honors College at Sam Houston State University, presented papers based on their honors theses. Liu’s newspaper “Civil together with Criminal Liability Associated alongside Reporting Child Abuse” was awarded commencement identify inward the Undergraduate Student Paper Competition. McCarns captured 3rd identify inward the contest alongside “Place, Space, together with Crime: How Geography Relates to Criminal Activity.”

The Southwest Association of Criminal Justice is a regional affiliate of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, 1 of the largest professional person organizations for scholarly activities inward the champaign of criminal justice.

“I desire to give thank you lot the Department of Criminology together with Criminal Justice, the Honors College, together with the Center for Enhancing Undergraduate Research Experiences together with Creative Activities (EURECA) for funding the students to attend SWACJ,” said Professor Michael S. Vaughn of the Department of Criminal Justice together with Criminology, their faculty advisor.

Liu’s newspaper examined the lack of uniformity inward the Definition of pocket-sized fry abuse across jurisdictions, which causes problems ranging from simulated arrest together with malicious prosecution to failure to investigate ongoing pocket-sized fry abuse. The newspaper reviews courtroom cases involving mandatory reporting of pocket-sized fry abuse together with identifies of import issues together with underlying problems alongside the electrical current system. It concludes alongside policy recommendations.

“I am surprised to hold upwards selected for 1st identify inward the Undergraduate Paper Competition,” said Liu. “I’m really grateful to accept Dr. Vaughn equally my mentor together with to accept friends together with identify unit of measurement who supported me along the way. I hold off forwards to continuing this query for my honors thesis together with to expand the literature inward the criminal judge field.”

McCarns’ study examines the theory of criminology involving criminal offense together with space. Although many theories sweat to explicate the criminality of individuals, this champaign looks at criminality yesteryear geographic place, which could assist criminal judge agencies to allocate express resources to crime-prone areas.

“I am humbled together with surprised my newspaper was selected for 3rd inward the Undergrad Paper Contest,” said McCarns. “I am grateful for Dr. Vaughn’s assist together with back upwards on my paper, together with I am excited to give-up the ghost on working alongside him. I promise my sense tin flaming serve equally an instance for other undergrad students interested inward pursuing research.”

According to Vaughn, “the SWACJ coming together is a practiced venue for undergraduate students to introduce papers, peculiarly their commencement papers at a professional person conference.” He said that “it helps move out the butterflies earlier presenting at a national conference inward the future.”

The Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice conference is well-attended yesteryear Sam Houston alumni who received their Ph.D.’s inward criminal justice. Many of the officers inward the arrangement are quondam SHSU doctoral students who are directly professors at diverse universities scattered throughout the Southwestern region, which includes the states of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, together with Arkansas.


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