Beginning this year, the ACJS International Section conferred a Graduate Student Paper Award. The award is for the outstanding paper submitted on a comparative or international criminal justice issue. Our department’s graduate student, Michael Campagna, received the award for a paper he wrote for Dr. Otwin Marenin’s Comparative Justice course in the fall of 2012. The deadline for nominations for this award is generally August 1st of each year, and the details for nominations are circulated to International Section members on its listserv. The winning submission receives a monetary award of $250 and is recognized at the annual meeting. Congratulations, Michael!
Every year, the WSU Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) hosts a small research conference called the William R. Wiley Research Exposition, which is specifically designated as a place for graduate and professional students to showcase their research. The event is split into two presentation options, including a poster presentation and an oral presentation. Both of these have strict rubric instructions, are graded by interdisciplinary judges on manner of presentation, and provide a cash prize to the top two presentations in every subfield. With seven different subfields (Agriculture & Natural Sciences, Engineering & Physical Sciences, Medical & Life Sciences, Administrative & Information Sciences, Liberal Arts & Humanities, Visual Arts & Design, and Social Sciences), this year yielded the largest number of applicants ever. In the Social Sciences subfield alone, there were 20 oral presentations that were accepted. Voted as the top presenter of the Social Sciences category for the 2014 Wiley Exposition was one of our own DCJC PhD Candidates, Christopher Campbell. Presenting preliminary results from his dissertation, Chris relayed his findings on the impact of returning parolees to confinement based on noncriminal technical violations. His accomplishments along with the other subfield winners will be highlighted in a special GPSA awards ceremony in the upcoming weeks (date still to be determined). Congratulations, Chris!