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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.

“This program has allowed me to get the requisite work experience when applying for jobs in the future after I complete my degree,” says Badyal. “It’s helpful to put your degree to work before it’s even completed.”

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. Working alongside the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA)’s Cruelty Investigations Department, Dubyk’s eyes opened to a whole new world.

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.