Fellowships Pave Way to Research

Three doctoral students in the College of Criminal Justice received fellowships to pursue research in their fields.

In the Department of Forensic Science, Stephanie Basiliere and Carrie Mayes received the prestigious National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), which offers financial support to doctoral students engaged in research of interest to the NIJ. Basiliere is developing a forensic toxicology method for detecting the presence of a Southeast Asian plant that produces both stimulant and sedative effects and is legally sold in smoke shops and on the Internet. Mayes is testing microRNA markers that identify the origin of bodily fluids recovered as evidence in criminal cases.

In the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Meghan Mitchell received fellowships from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Charles Koch Foundation to pursue her dissertation research, which examines the influence of the convict code on inmate misconduct, victimization, and attitudes.

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