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Criminal Justice Student Research

The Criminal Justice Department strongly encourages students to perform or assist with scholarly research. In doing so, students are able to expand their educational experience by applying the techniques and theories learned in class to real world situations. Not only does this help them better understand the material they learn in the classroom, but it also gives them a distinct advantage over others who are also entering fields in criminal justice.

There are opportunities to conduct and present research both on and off campus. Shippensburg University holds its annual Minds@Work conference every spring. Students may also explore other conferences in the region, country and world.

Research Funding

Undergraduate Research Grants

Undergraduate students are encouraged to submit applications for independent research to be conducted during the academic year and summer months. This university-wide program has supported field activities, art projects, written works, and more. It is funded by the Shippensburg University Foundation.

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

The purpose of SURE is twofold: to nurture student researchers and to provide faculty members with paid student research assistants during the summer. The program is open to all faculty members and to those undergraduate students not in their last semester.

Student/Faculty Research Engagement (SFRE)

Faculty in the College of Arts and Science can apply for these grants at the end of each semester. Funds from these grants can be used to support student research.

Dean's Office

If you have a large expense (like airfare to a national conference) that is not covered by an undergraduate research grant, the Office of the Dean might be able to help. Talk to your research mentor about applying for funding from the Dean.

Graduate Research Grant Program

The Graduate Research Grant Program is designed to provide financial support to graduate students for research or scholarly activities related to their program of study to enable them to better understand the scientific process, experience discovery, develop their analytical and communication skills, and gain exposure to national ideas through the presentation of the results of their research at conferences. Our grant program has funded field and laboratory research as well as computer application and software development. The Graduate Research Grant Program is funded by the School of Graduate Studies and the Institute for Public Service and Sponsored Programs.

Contact the Criminal Justice Department 321 Shippen Hall, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1558 Fax: (717) 477-4087