Cameron University student wins top prize at Oklahoma Criminal Justice Association Conference

Cameron University student Kaitlyn Taylor won first place in the student poster presentation competition at the recent Oklahoma Criminal Justice Association Conference. Taylor, a criminal justice major who graduated from Lawton High and now lives in Snyder, topped the competition with a poster dealing with the topic of “Victim Trends.” Her poster was selected from 35 submissions by students from the University of Oklahoma, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, University of Central Oklahoma, Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Rogers State University.

“The student poster presentation competition was fierce,” says Karin Dudash, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. “Kaitlyn’s project involved extensive data collection and extrapolation, and it is gratifying that a panel of experts rewarded her hard work and diligence with the first place award.”

Taylor’s project offered an analysis of trends within age groups, living areas/situations, and genders of crime occurrence, reaction to crime and investigation of the crime, treatment from others after crime, and affect the crime had on personal life. In compiling her data, Taylor used voluntary surveys of individuals who were victims of reported crimes.

Attending the conference has generated a new research project for Taylor. After hearing keynote speaker Dr. Mike Connelly, head of the evaluation and analysis unit at the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, address the high incidence of women incarcerated in Oklahoma, Taylor has decided to undertake research focusing on women in crime. She will utilize the project to fulfill a requirement of the Cameron Honors Program, of which she is a participant.


May 3, 2011