Christi Metcalfe and Robert Brame receive NSF Funds
Christi Metcalfe and Robert Brame Receive NSF Funds for REU -
Christi Metcalfe (Co-PI) and Robert Brame (Faculty Mentor), along with their colleague in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Barbara Koons-Witt (PI), were awarded $342,000 by the National Science Foundation to support a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program focused on Disparities in the Criminal Justice System (DCJS) over three summers. The program will run for ten weeks each summer and engage nine selected undergraduate students with faculty and graduate students from the department in research addressing the role of race/ethncity, class, and gender in explaining criminal behavior and understanding criminal justice practices. The program aims to introduce students to the prospect of graduate school and foster evidence-based practices among the next generation of academics, lawyers, policymakers, and practitioners within criminal justice. The 2020 research projects focus on neighborhood altruism and crime rates, disparities in the early phases of criminal court case processing, and the intersection of race and drugs in the lives of incarcerated mothers.