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Karmvir Padda finds her way back home at SFU

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Karmvir Padda is thriving in her studies while making the most of the opportunities that she gets to be involved in provided at SFU.

Kicking the comfort zone: How a trip overseas helped Sydney Brown reach her goals

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Sydney Brown is ready to devote herself to creating change within the Canadian justice system as a lawyer after emerging from a winding road of new experiences.

Student Profile: Q&A with Madelaine Desaulniers Class of 2020

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The forensic science specialization in criminology helped Madelaine explore the relationship between science and law and eventually leading to finding her passion for biological explanations of crime and finally completing an honours thesis on the topic.

Student Profile: Q&A with Jake Castro Class of 2020

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The Criminology Honours program helped identify Jake’s direction and research interests in his academic journey. Jake is a recent honours graduate with a major in Criminology and minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.

Student Profile: Q&A with Payten Smith Class of 2020

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Criminology had always held an interest for me, but one class would give me the push to switch majors in the Summer of 2016.

Student Profile: Q&A with Kenzie Hanson Class of 2020

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Simon Fraser University was my school of choice because it offers a broad range of topics in the field and it is considered one of the best schools of criminology in the country. 

Criminology grad ready to enact social change through law reform

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Xilonen Hanson Pastran came to SFU intent on understanding the relationship between justice and law in Canada. The SFU Criminology grad is now committed to using her education to enact social change through law reform.

How fear of failure motivated Emma Wong to overcome uncertainty at SFU

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"The quality of the faculty, classes and honours program has made my experience positive," she says. "I have grown both academically and professionally, and although I don't have all the answers about my future, I do know that if I want to pursue academia as a profession, the skills and knowledge I have gained at SFU will be invaluable."

From near-drop out to honours: SFU professor inspires criminology student’s success

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After the passing of her mother—a prosecutor in Calgary who always encouraged her daughter to attend SFU—Desaulniers knew that a change would be necessary if she were ever to make her dreams come true. Using her mother’s strong work ethic as a model, she began to turn her life around.

School of Criminology creates unexpected research opportunities for Kenzie Hanson

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“During my first criminology class, I remember hearing stories of the research done at SFU, but not giving them much credence at the time,” she says. “Years later, when I did want to pursue criminology, the first school that came to mind was Simon Fraser University. There was no other option. It was SFU or nothing.”

Naomi Zakimi explores extremes with the School of Criminology

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Zakimi braves the 24-hour news cycle to examine how political extremism begins online and spreads throughout Canada. So far, her research has revealed an excess in right-wing extremist messages on Canadian social media platforms, recognizing the easy access to large audiences that the Internet offers.

Criminology’s Field Practice Program opens professional doors for Manprit Badyal

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Fourth-year criminology student Manprit Badyal is opening career doors before his degree is even finished. Last term, Badyal completed a work practicum at one of Vancouver’s downtown criminal law firms, MN Law, where he was able to get a glimpse into the inner workings of a legal career.

Field Practice Program provides career clarity for Natasha Dubyk

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Throughout her time at Simon Fraser University (SFU), criminology student Natasha Dubyk has always known that she would work in the criminal justice field. Narrowing down her interests, though, was a different story. Through SFU’s Criminology Field Practice Program, Dubyk achieved some clarity about her career goals while gaining professional work experience.

PhD student shortlisted as finalist in RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards

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Criminology PhD student Vienna Lam has been shortlisted as a top 75 finalist in the 11th annual RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards, in recognition of her forensic research, and volunteer work to help make science education more accessible to underserved communities. Lam's extensive research on drowning prevention and aquatic body recovery with the Centre for Forensic Research has earned her industry-wide recognition—ranking her 8th in the nation for her discipline. 

Criminology field practice gives students valuable work experience

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The School of Criminology’s field practice program enables students to integrate valuable work experience with academic learning. The program, taken either part-time or full-time, places a student with a criminology or criminal justice sector organization.We interviewed Field Practice Coordinator Helene Love, lecturer in the School of Criminology, to learn more about what students should expect from the field practice program. 

3M national teaching fellowship honours SFU lecturer Sheri Fabian

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University lecturer Sheri Fabian offers three gifts to her students and colleagues: opportunity, personal growth and an understanding of both the privilege and obligations that accompany teaching and learning. These exceptional contributions earned her a 2019 3M National Teaching Fellowship and an invitation to join its prestigious cohort devoted to the art of teaching. The fellowship is awarded by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Criminal justice system impact on adolescents and young adults

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Assistant Professor Zachary Rowan studies the role of deviant peer influence and how interaction with the criminal justice system influences youth. Based on data from the Crossroads Study, his research finds that youth’s friendship networks become criminalized or more criminalized as a result of formal processing within the juvenile justice system. This supports prior criminological research that shows criminal justice contact amplifies youth’s deviant behavior through changes in peer networks. 

Researcher works to improve risk assessment scales for Canada’s Indigenous people

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Professionals at all levels of the criminal justice system make decisions that impact offenders. Assistant Professor Maaike Helmus develops tools, called offender risk assessment scales, to ensure these decisions meet empirically guided principles. This ensures more accurate, transparent and fair decisions for offenders. She also delivers risk assessment training internationally to ensure proper use of these scales.

Research shows contact with police amplifies deviant behaviour in youth

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Does receiving the label of deviant increase a youth’s antisocial behaviour? Criminologist Stephanie Wiley’s research on middle and high school age adolescents confirms that youth who interact with the criminal justice system are more likely to continue with deviant behaviour.