My ambition to use the principles of criminology to get to the root of criminal behaviour has led me to join the Master of Arts in Criminology program at Simon Fraser University.

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Student Profile: Manéh Rostomyan

Master of Arts in Criminology student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

May 31, 2021
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As a third-generation Armenian genocide survivor, questions about what makes some people deviate from societal norms to the point of committing inexplicable and atrocious acts have always been fascinating to me. Learning about the staggering results of the Milgram Obedience Experiment gave me new perspectives on organized crime and human nature; this allowed me to reinterpret my own experiences, and critically evaluate my understandings of antisocial behaviour and crime. As my fascination grew, I discovered that there were endless questions to ask and attempt to answer intended for application to legal issues and administration of criminal justice. My ambition to use the principles of criminology to get to the root of criminal behaviour has led me to join the Master of Arts in Criminology program at Simon Fraser University. In my spare time, I enjoy reading Nordic Noir literature and exploring the charming mountain towns and picturesque coastal spots of BC with my puppy.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

My interest in pursuing a graduate degree at SFU was founded on both professional and personal grounds. SFU is a top global university and home to the best Criminology program in the country. When I was researching programs, it quickly became evident the opportunity to learn from and work with the top-tier faculty here was not something I could pass up. Additionally, I knew the campus and program cultures would create a place for students to thrive given the university’s emphasis on student well-being and mental health.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?

The SFU School of Criminology is a vibrant interdisciplinary research community, devoted to the scientific analysis of crime, justice and social control.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

I am excited about the grand opportunities and working with distinguished and leading researchers, professors and community members at SFU.

Contact Manéh: maneh_rostomyan@sfu.ca

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