SC State Criminal Justice Students Present Papers at Social Science Symposium

Monday, May 4, 2009

Criminal Justice StudentsCriminal Justice students from SC State, Dre' Neka Boyd, Robert Gill, Krystal Grant and Derrick Middleton were among 60 students from across the state to present papers at the Carolina Undergraduate Social Science Symposium on Friday, April 24, 2009.

This year's Symposium was held at the University of South Carolina Aiken. The annual event was sponsored by the South Carolina Sociological Association. Undergraduate students in all disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences were invited to participate. The Symposium offered students the opportunity to showcase their research and to develop their critical and analytical skills in a supportive, learning environment.

The students' paper were titled as follows:

• Dre’ Neka Boyd - "No Knock Search Warrant".
• Robert Gill - "Improving the Criminal Justice System: The Effects of Information Sharing in Law Enforcement in South Carolina"
• Krystal Grant - "Racial Profiling Among African Americans and Arabs"
• Derrick Middleton - "From Experimentation to Addiction: The Effects of Drug Abuse on Teens"

The Criminal Justice program at SC State promotes undergraduate research as part of its mission of scholarship. The program also prepares students for graduate and professional school. Eduardo K. Curry, assistant professor recruited students from his classes to volunteer and present the research papers they were writing for his class. Giselle White-Perry, assistant professor accompanied the students to the Symposium and served as chairperson of the session addressing the topic of race.

The students expressed their gratitude for the experience and are looking forward to next year's Symposium which will be hosted by Coastal Carolina University.

For additional information, contact Giselle White-Perry (803) 536-8803 or