Crime & Justice Policy

Summer Policy Research Program Grants Awarded

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The Public Policy Center (PPC) is pleased to fund eight projects through our Summer Policy Research Program grants (SPRP). The SPRP is meant to encourage more undergraduate student participation in faculty research by providing funding to researchers for hiring students to work on their projects. Additionally, students are appointed as Undergraduate Research Fellows at the PPC and invited to participate in the PPC’s Summer Policy Research Institute

This summer, 13 students will participate on research projects with faculty from Journalism and Mass Communication, Sociology and Criminology, Communication Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, and Political Science. Diverse projects include topics on community disaster preparedness; how incarcerated women navigate the criminal justice system; the use and success of negotiations and cooperation in civil wars; disaster-driven migration and the role of governments; the Flint water crisis, and student-designed 3D printing of space concepts. 

Faculty members who received the grants are Kylah Hedding, Karen Heimer, Kristi Hendrickson, Allison Jaynes, Brian Lai, Elizabeth Menninga, Sara Mitchell, Carrie Schuettpelz, and Louise Seamster. As projects get underway, we will be highlighting each of them via weekly stories on our website – so stay tuned!