– Caleb Godin, staff
Students and professors alike gathered last week to present the best of original research and published material coming out of Laurier Brantford’s criminology program.
The Criminology Student Association, CSA, is all students who have declared .
“We worked really hard to put together this conference for the CSA community to enjoy, this is the first year it has been held. The attendance has been good, and the audience has been engaged and has been asking the presenters many good questions,
“We had three different undergraduate student panels, four different Laurier professors, and ou keynote speaker was Brucker from the University of Ottawa, and she was very well received
romote criminological inquiry in students,” and helps to expose students to subjects they have never heard of before
“Early in the year, there was a proposal to put on a conference, they were advised that it would be a lot of work, but that they could do it. They decided they could do it and immediately started on putting together different speakers.”
very adamant that this was the students event.
“This is something that the students did not the faculty we were there as guidance only,” Christensen said.
“It was amazing, it was a great event, it was very well organized, the committee did a spectacular job, the presentations were very interesting, and attendance was good, all the panels were very well attended. Most importantly it was a really welcoming atmosphere
“I was really impressed, with the quality of the presentations both with the undergraduates and the faculty
“They were there, they were paying attention and they were engaged
Meanwhile, Bruckert wasn’t the only one who was paid high praise during the conference.
Fourth-year criminology student Crystal Weston was honoured with an award for the best essay produced by a student at the conference, which also brought her home a $1,000 prize.
Weston’s essay, “From Victim to Offender: Exploring the Relationship Between Sexual Abuse Victimization and Sexual Offending,” looked at theories as to why some people who are sexually abused go on to abuse others.