The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice recently hosted two students, Edwin Rodriguez and Victoria Stackfield, as part of the BSOS Summer Research Initiative (SRI). SRI is an annual 8-week, on-campus program designed to encourage the diversity of scholars working in the social and behavioral science fields, and serves as an opportunity to learn about the educational, personal, and professional challenges of graduate-level studies. CCJS Professor Jean McGloin and Department Chair James Lynch mentored Edwin and Victoria throughout the program.
Edwin's culminating project was titled "Understanding Differences in Public Perceptions of the Police," which investigated the idea that community perceptions of police are affected more by personal-level factors and direct police interactions than the social organization of the jurisdiction. Edwin Rodriguez is a senior criminology and criminal justice major at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a member of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, and is interested in policing, gang violence, victimization, and life-course criminology.