Theodore Wilson has been awarded the Graduate School's All STAR Fellowship. This prestigious fellowship honors the "best of the best" in terms of research, teaching and service. Since the fellowship's inception, a CCJS student has received one every year! Theodore was selected for an All S.T.A.R. Fellowship which recognizes graduate students who are both outstanding scholars and outstanding graduate assistants. The award includes a $10,000 award to supplement a graduate assistantship. Theodore is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He holds an M.A. and B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland. Theodore is currently a member of the BSOS Dean’s Graduate Student Advisory Council and a research assistant to Dr. Paternoster, with whom he researches offender decision-making. He previously was a member of the cybercrime research group and worked with Dr. Maimon from the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Dr. Cukier from the Department of Mechanical Engineering investigating the human component of hacking and cybercrime. Theodore’s dissertation explores the role of risk perceptions and risk preferences in shaping offenders’ decisions to engage in crime. His other research interests include romantic partnerships and crime, criminal justice case processing, and quantitative modeling.
Zach Rowan (a prior All STAR Fellow) has been awarded the Graduate School's Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship. This fellowship supports students who have demonstrated excellence in their career thus far and in the probable impact of their dissertation work. The Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowships are awarded based on a student's excellent qualifications and being in the latter stages of writing their dissertations. The award provides a $10,000 award and candidacy tuition. Zach is currently in his 5th year of the program and is working with Dr. Jean McGloin to evaluate the role of groups and collective action in explaining criminal behavior. Zach is also working on a project with Dr. Holly Nguyen and Dr. Jean McGloin investigating the role of co-offending in facilitating criminal achievement. Over the course of the next year, Zach will complete his dissertation which intends on evaluating co-offending from a micro and macro-level utilizing the National Crime Victimization Survey.
Daren Fisher also has been awarded the Graduate School's Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship to include $10,000 award for one semester plus candidacy tuition. This award will provide support to University of Maryland doctoral candidates who have excellent qualifications and are in the latter stages of writing their dissertations. Daren Fisher MA is a PhD Candidate at the University of Maryland. Prior to pursuing his PhD, Daren worked as a researcher for the National Centre in HIV Social Research (University of New South Wales) and for the North Carolina Racial Justice Act Project (Michigan State University). Daren’s current research interests include the government policy and crime, judicial decision making, and the application of crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED). His dissertation examines the relationship between government speech and subsequent terrorism in Israel, Philippines, Turkey, Sri Lanka, and the United Kingdom.
Alex Testa has been awarded the Graduate School's Summer Research Fellowship. This award is for mid-career students and supports summer research. It is given to stellar students who offer a compelling proposal for summer work. Alex won this Summer Research Fellowship of $5,000 to support a summer of focused work that will prepare him for his dissertation. Alex is a doctoral student in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He has previously earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the American University. His research interests include the consequences of incarceration, criminal punishment, and criminal justice policy. Alex received the Graduate Summer Research Fellowship to support research on the short- and long-term impact of adjudicating juveniles in adult criminal court.
Rebecca "Becca" Richardson was also awarded the Graduate School's Summer Research Fellowship with a monetary award of $5,000 for the summer. Becca is finishing her fourth year in the CCJS doctoral program, working as a research assistant for Dr. Brian Johnson and teaching CCJS100: Introduction to Criminal Justice. Her research interests include criminal court decision-making, and gender and race disparities in the criminal justice system. She will use the Graduate School’s Summer Research Fellowship to conduct an evaluation of the potential impact of risk- and needs-based sentencing on lengths of incarceration, periods of probation, and recidivism outcomes in Connecticut.
Bo Jiang has been awarded the Graduate School's Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award. Bo was selected as the Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award for his outstanding contributions to the department. The award recognizes and honors the outstanding contributions that Graduate Assistants provide to students, faculty, departments, administrative units, and the University as a whole. The award conveys the honor of being named among the top 2% of campus Graduate Assistants in a given year. Bo is a second-year PhD student and a graduate research assistant at START who is under the mentorship of Dr. Gary LaFree. The experience in performing the RA duties greatly enriched his understanding of various sub-topics within transnational crime such as terrorism, human trafficking and maritime piracy. He felt truly humbled by his mentor’s generosity in nominating him for this prestigious award, as well as the opportunity to work directly with one of the world-leading authorities in this subject matter. Bo would like to dedicate this award to his wife for being the pillar of the family and her relentless support for his career.