Criminal Justice/Sociology students Rita (Ally) Martin and Dorie Kogut received honorable mention for their presentations at the Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity Conference on April 9, 2012.  Martin, who was mentored by Dr. Mark Lanier, spoke on “Negative Virtual Peer Association: From Social Networking to Juvenile Delinquency.”  Kogut, who was mentored by Dr. Bronwen Lichtenstein, gave a presentation entitled “Do No Harm? HIV Criminalization and Disclosure Laws.”

The competition is an annual event at The University of Alabama that provides undergraduate students an opportunity to highlight their work in research or creative fields. The conference was initiated in 2002 by the College of Arts and Sciences and has grown over the years to include all Colleges on campus. Student presentations cover a wide variety of research and creative activities ranging from mechanical engineering to the performing arts.

As Dr. David Franko, Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, explains, “The thrill of discovery students experience by working with a faculty mentor to produce their own new research findings, an exciting work of art, or other intellectual accomplishment is an ideal stepping stone to a productive career, regardless of major.”

Pictured above: Ally Martin and Dr. Bronwen Lichtenstein