Two Lakeland University criminal justice students recently placed first and second in a student paper competition at the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association conference in Chicago.
Senior Kendra Zipperer and junior Kalie Novak presented their research and entered their papers into competition. Zipperer’s paper, “Sexual Assaults on College Campuses: The Overlooked Problem,” took first place, while Novak’s paper, “Psychological Crime,” placed second.
Zipperer’s theoretical paper explored how “Routine Activities Theory” can explain why assaults on college campuses occur, and she provided recommendations for policy and prevention tactics. Zipperer began the paper last spring in her Victimology course, and worked on it throughout the summer.
Novak’s research explored how criminality is due to an underdeveloped conscious that results from incomplete psychosexual development. She began work on this paper during her freshman Introduction to Criminology course, and worked on it for more than a year.