Wed, Dec 1, 2010
Deadline for Proposals for Undergraduate Conference
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center
The Undergraduate Research Conference, which is in its third year, was created to give criminal justice students an opportunity to show off their research and presentation skills, which are in high demand in the job market. It also allows students to test the water to further their education through graduate studies or law school.
"I wanted to give students the opportunity to get more involved in research and to get in front of people to present," said Dr. Holly Miller, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs at the College of Criminal Justice. "They need to show off their analytical skills. I am also hoping some of the students show interest in graduate or law schools. This helps them prepare better."
In addition to helping their careers, students will compete for six scholarships, ranging from $200 to $500. Winners will be recognized at the annual Honors Convocation Program on April 28.
To enter the competition, students are encouraged to identify a mentor among the faculty and submit a 350 to 500 word proposal on their selected topic by 5 p.m. on Dec. 1 to Karen Eads at the Criminal Justice Center, Room A208, and by email at email@example.com. Among last year’s winners were papers on comparing police in China and the United States, on combating terrorism in a multi-cultural society, on analyzing the death penalty and on examining the three strikes law in California.
The proposals should introduce the topic of the paper and include a motivational or problem statement; the methods, procedures and approaches that will be used in research; and the results, findings or products that will be produced. All work must be original and cited correctly.
Students will be notified by Dec. 10 if their proposal is accepted, and they have until Feb. 16 to hand in the final paper or poster. Winners will be notified by March 11, and presentations will be made on April 6.
All participants will create a Powerpoint presentation on their research paper and present their findings in 15 minute time blocks to family, friends and fellow students in the Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom. Posters will to be hung throughout the lobby for reading and discussion with faculty and guests.
The Undergraduate Research Conference also will include a mock crime scene competition, with details to be announced at a later date.