MSCCJ Capstone Research Colloquium

Monday, Dec 11, 2023

Sydney Schnabel (front left), MSCCJ student, the moment she was announced as the 1st Place winner


Criminal Justice Students Research Presentations and Awards

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ) Graduate Capstone Research Colloquium was a resounding success! The students presented on a range of compelling topics, showcasing their dedicated research efforts, and setting a high standard for future endeavors. A special shout-out to Gabriel Cesar, Ph.D., assistant professor, for his tireless mentorship, ensuring students not only understood their research but could also effectively communicate their findings to a packed audience. Drs. Wendy Guastaferro and Lincoln Sloas, along with the graduate students created a wonderfully energetic atmosphere to celebrate our students’ academic excellence.

“The students put a tremendous amount of time and effort into their research and presentations, and they have set a high bar for future students,” said Cassandra Atkin-Plunk, Ph.D., interim SCCJ director.

Our collective thanks to Rachael Schmidt, spiritual, mindfulness and lifestyle coach, whose generous support allowed the students to recognize outstanding presentations with certificates and prize money. Rachael's active involvement in the event, alongside her daughter August Schmidt, added an extra layer of significance to the colloquium.


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1st Place: Sydney Schnabel, “Revictimization of Sexual Assault Cases in the Criminal Justice System”
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2nd Place: Amanda Berger, “Nature and Nurture: The Power of Embracing Both”


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Lawrence Adams and Kristina Jalbert earned well-deserved Honorable Mentions for their outstanding research presentations. Lawrence (second from right) delved into the intricacies of "Reinstating Parole in Florida," while Kristina (middle) provided valuable insights into "Officer-Involved Shootings: Exploring the Precipitating Factors."

(L-R) August Schmidt, Rachel Schmidt, Kristina Jalbert, Lawrence Adams, and Cassandra Atkin Plunk, Ph.D., associate professor and interim director

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