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Criminal Justice Serves in New Immersive Research Program

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The Department of Criminal Justice was among the first programs on campus to participate in a new immersive research program open to outstanding undergraduates nationwide.

UCF's College of Graduate Studies launched Preparing Future Researchers this summer to prepare students for graduate education. The college selected seven undergraduates to participate from a pool of nearly 50 applicants, and each participant received a stipend, housing and travel reimbursement.

Three criminal justice faculty members -- Gail Humiston, Roberto Potter and William Moreto -- served as research mentors for two of the participants during the full-time, nine-week program.

Gail Humiston
Gail Humiston, Ph.D.

Roberto Hugh Potter
Roberto Hugh Potter, Ph.D.

William Moreto
William Moreto, Ph.D.

Humiston and Potter mentored Chelsea Agee, an undergraduate from Michigan State University in East Lansing, during her study titled "The Capacity of Florida County Corrections." UCF graduate student Gina Mercuri was a mentor as well.

Moreto mentored Shannon Lamar, an undergraduate from Capital University in Colombus, Ohio, during her study of "Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Robbery, Burglary and Auto Theft in St. Petersburg, Florida." UCF graduate student Heather Wolfe also assisted.

In addition to conducting research, the undergraduates attended social excursions, networking opportunities and workshops.

The program culminated with poster presentations by all of the participants at the college's Summer Research Symposium July 29.

The inaugural Preparing Future Researchers program was open to outstanding undergraduate students underrepresented in their prospective graduate disciplines or first-generation in college students.

CJ Research Student Agee

Graduate mentor Gina Mercuri (left) with student Chelsea Agee

CJ Research Student Lamar

Student Shannon Lamar (left) with graduate mentor Heather Wolfe





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