SPA Students Present at Research and Creative Activities Symposium

Six students from the School of Public Affairs presented their research at the 2016 Research and Creative Activities Symposium (RaCAS) on April 29. This annual event showcases the scholarly activities of undergraduate and graduate students from the Denver Campus and the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Bachelor of Criminal Justice student Lauren Vialpando presented her work on “Gang Reduction Initiative Maps” in the poster session. Lauren had the unexpected opportunity to present her work to Chancellor Dorothy Horrell!

Photo of Vialpando presenting to Chancellor

Lauren Vialpando presents to Chancellor Horrell

Four Master of Criminal Justice students were chosen to present their research:

  • Jessica Rosenthal: A Survey of Youth’s Perceptions of Marijuana Use in Colorado
  • Daniella Johner: Marijuana: How Effective Are Oral Fluid Devices?
  • Nancy Contreras: An Exploration of Social Media, Protests, and Police-Community Relations
  • Katherine Jimmerson: Assessing Sexual Assault Case Management in a Local Police Department (unfortunately, Kate had a conflict and was not be able to present)

Professor Mary Dodge served as moderator on the “Papers in Criminal Justice” panel.

Photo of Dodge, Johner, Rosenthal and Contreras

Professor Mary Dodge, Daniella Johner, Jessica Rosenthal and Nancy Contreras

Last but not least, Ph.D. candidate Sean McCandless presented his dissertation research on “Mirroring Communities, Building Trust: Law Enforcement Agencies’ Use of Representative Bureaucracy to Foster Social Equity.”

Photo of Sean McCandless

Sean McCandless

Congratulations Lauren, Jessica, Daniella, Nancy, Kate and Sean!



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