Dr. Rebecca Nash receives Dean's Convocation Medal

June 09, 2014

Dr. Rebecca Nash’s exceptional doctoral dissertation was about the largest mortgage fraud in BC’s history. She studied how these Ponzi schemes unfold and used social network analysis to discover that investors spent more money when their friends or family influenced their decisions.

Dr. Martin Bouchard, her supervisor, says, "Becky is one of the best graduate students I have encountered in my career, and it's easy to forget that she achieved multiple publications in top journals, book chapters and made numerous conference presentations — and finished her PhD in only 35 months."

Her PhD papers have won multiple awards and Dr. Nash is now a tenure-track assistant professor in the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Emergency Management at California State University, Long Beach.

Her current research is concentrated in white-collar crime and counter-terrorism within the policing paradigm and her teaching focus is in quantitative research methods using a variety of methodological applications, including social network analysis, GIS crime mapping, and statistical analysis.

Becky adds, "The greatest of thanks goes to Martin Bouchard, my supervisor, mentor and friend. There is no way on earth I could have done this without you!"

On behalf of SFU, we congratulate Dr. Rebecca Nash on her outstanding achievements which are being recognized with the award of the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal as one of SFU's most outstanding graduate students from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

See also: All 2014 Convocation Award Winners

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