The Criminal Justice Research Center has implemented a new program to recognize excellence among students in the classroom and in internship placements. Each term, the top student from one of the criminal justice related classes or from an internship placement will be selected to receive the CJRC Outstanding Criminology Undergraduate Student Award. Each winner will receive a Certificate of Excellence, will be recognized prior to one of the CJRC's key presentations such as the Institute for Excellence in Justice or the Annual Reckless-Dinitz Lecture and will receive a gift card. Additionally, each student selected will be given the opportunity to select a state agency or community partner agency and will be given the opportunity to spend a day with a professional in the agency of their choice.
The first CJRC Outstanding Criminology Undergraduate Student Award winner is Keagan Richard. Keagan was a student in Dr. Paul Bellair’s Corrections class in the fall semester of 2016 and was nominated by Dr. Bellair. She demonstrated outstanding academic ability in the classroom and also has completed three internships over the past three years all with excellent performance.
Keagan is a 4th year undergraduate student who will graduate this May with a dual degree in Criminology and Psychology with minors in Security and Intelligence and Sexuality Studies. Currently she is a student instructional assistant for a section of Introduction to Sociology and a Resident Advisor. She was also a student athlete tutor for the past two years. Over the past 3 years, Keagan has interned with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, More Than My Brother’s Keeper, through the Ohio State University Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, and the Ohio Department of Youth Services. She currently serves as a member on the Governor’s Council for Juvenile Justice, is the President of the Ohio State chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society, and volunteers at the James Cancer Hospital.