Working at the Criminal Justice Research Center has exposed me to the wide variety of research projects that are being conducted and has given me the opportunity to work on several of them. Along with providing great learning opportunities, I have also gained access to incredible mentors that have always been ready and willing to answer any questions I may have about either the work or even what a future in Criminology could look like for me.

Ada Basic

Having the opportunity to work on the Intergroup Hostility Project as a paid research assistant has been increasingly rewarding. Being able to contribute to a comprehensive database of intergroup conflict events has allowed me to delve deep into a topic that I would never think to otherwise.

Mandoline Bhuiyan

I worked as a research assistant for Dr. Adler’s study involving religion and local governments during the fall, spring, and summer semesters of the ’22-’23 school year. Although my role mainly involved heavy data retrieval, entry, and checking, I was able to get a good glimpse into the many moving parts of a research project in higher level academia. It was a valuable experience for me and I’m grateful to Dr. Adler for the opportunity to help out with his project.

Bryan Wang

I am a criminology student with a focus in legal studies. With Dr. Ulmer, I am researching the relationship between religiosity and adolescent deviant behaviors. Particularly, I am focusing on religiosity, violent behaviors, and substance use.

Madison Campsey

Working as an assistant researcher at the Criminal Justice Research Center has been an amazing experience and I would highly encourage anyone with any interest in Criminology and Criminal Law to become a part of it!

Tiffeny Ayoola

My name is Ember Milstead, and since my junior year, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Dr. Jeffrey Ulmer and Dr. Gary Zajac as a paid research assistant for Penn State’s CJRC. Presently, I am assisting them with a study on the demographic and prosecutorial factors which may influence homicide prosecution in the great state of Pennsylvania.

Ember Milstead
CJRC Research Opportunities Poster: Contact rer201@psu.edu for information

The Criminal Justice Research Center strives to provide the students of Penn State’s SOC/CRIM Department with a variety of experiential learning opportunities that will allow you to grow personally and professionally.  An important part of the college experience is developing the skills to become effective leaders, successful graduates, and competitive professionals.

Outreach and Enrichment provides resources for undergraduates in the areas of career information, internship and employment opportunities, mentoring, info and networking events, and study abroad.  We collaborate with agency partners, alumni, faculty, and the Career Enrichment Network to continually provide these exciting opportunities!

The Government and Public Sector Career Expo was a great success!  This career exploration event strives to bring together practitioners and researchers to provide opportunities for employment and enrichment to students.  Information about next year’s expo will be posted soon!