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    Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science
    Hamline University
    1536 Hewitt Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN 55104


    Shelly Schaefer
    Department Chair

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    Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Research

    Our faculty members are involved in a wide array of research endeavors that span areas related to policy research, expert witness testimony, and research supported by national and state grant agencies. To learn more about our department faculty's research and professional activities, please visit the criminal justice and forensic science faculty web pages

    At Hamline, students can have the opportunity to work with a faculty member as an undergraduate research assistant, or propose their own research project and apply for funding through Hamline’s Summer Collaborative Research Grant.

    The Summer Collaborative Research Program is an excellent opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and skills and to further their education in an area of particular interest. Students interested in collaborative research should talk to their faculty advisor about options. Department faculty have worked with several undergraduate students to complete summer collaborative research projects, most recently students have successfully been awarded a summer collaborative research grant for the following projects:

    • “The Development of Psychosocial Maturity in Adolescents Residing in Juvenile Correctional Facilities” with Professor Shelly Schaefer.
    • “Does Privatizing of Saint Paul Recreation Centers Lead to Increased Delinquency for Youth?” with Professor Shelly Schaefer.
    • “The Relationship Between Socialization and Infractions of Inmates With Depressive Traits” with Professor Shelly Schaefer.
    • “Patterns of Osteoarthritis in a Classic Period Mimbres Skeletal Sample” with Professor Susan Myster.
    • “Comparing Cranial Non-Metric Traits Between Five Mimbres Mortuary Sites” with Professor Susan Myster.
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    • Senior Jenna Potter, an English major and German and communications double minor at Hamline, was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Hamburg, Germany. Senior Libby Otto named as alternate to Norway.
    • Hear about the eye-opening experiences of Hamline students who participated in this year’s Catalyst spring break service trips.
    • A group of 43 undergraduate students and faculty attended the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in Lexington, KY from April 2 through April 5. Students presented 35 different projects that resulted from their collaborative research at Hamline.