Georgia State Students Receive Southern Criminal Justice Association Annual Awards
ATLANTA—Jane Daquin and Samantha Donovan were honored with the Southern Criminal Justice Association’s (SCJA) 2016 Outstanding Graduate and Undergraduate Student awards in December.
Daquin received the 2016 Outstanding Graduate Student Award. She is a Ph.D. candidate and a teaching/research assistant in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies’ Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. She was nominated for the award by her mentor, Associate Professor Leah Daigle.
Daquin enjoys using different strategies and statistical techniques to answer questions in research. She says she was very surprised and felt honored to receive such an award. She holds a dual B.A. in Criminal Justice and Sociology from State University of New York at Albany and an M.S. in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Georgia State University.
Donovan received the 2016 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. She says she is thankful for her professors—Michael Schapiro, Joshua Hinkle and Cynthia Searcy—who made it possible for her to receive the award. “I owe so much to my professors for their guidance, constant support and for believing in my abilities,” she says.
Donovan is interested in the subject of mental health within the criminal justice system. Her career goal is to work in forensic psychology. She feels having a background in criminal justice is important as it will help her to reach the populations she will be serving. Donovan says she is “very thankful to represent Georgia State University and its criminal justice department.” She feels her hard work will pay off in a deserving way.
The SCJA is a professional organization affiliated with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. It promotes the continuous development of criminal justice science and practice. Each year it presents seven national awards, two of which honor students.
With the recognition of Daquin and Donovan, Georgia State University was the only university to have students recognized in 2016, which attests to the quality of the criminal justice and criminology degree programs at Georgia State University.
To learn more about the SCJA awards, go to www.southerncj.org/awards/.