Student Presents Paper at National Criminal Justice Meeting

Posted: March 27, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jennifer Halpin

Darron Mason
Darron Mason

Darron Mason, a senior in Mason’s Administration of Justice program, received the Esther Madriz Student Travel Award from the Minorities and Women Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS).

He received $600 toward travel expenses to present his paper at the 2007 ACJS Annual Meeting on March 16 in Seattle.

Mason’s paper, “Profiling by Law Enforcement Personnel: How Have Attitudes toward Racial/Ethnic Profiling Shifted?” was based on research conducted as part of the 2005-06 Administration of Justice Honors Seminar. Mason was one of five students from the ADJ Honors Seminar who presented a poster of their research work at the ACJS annual meeting last March in Baltimore. He and three other students also presented a paper at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting in Los Angeles in November.

Assistant Professor Devon Johnson received a notice announcing the student paper competition and encouraged Mason to consider submitting his paper.

“The whole experience of preparing the presentation, traveling across the country and giving the presentation, taught me a lot about myself,” says Mason.

“It also showed me how well my experiences at Mason had prepared me for the occasion, particularly with Professor Johnson as my mentor.”

Two travel awards are given out annually to an undergraduate and graduate student. These student awards are designed to encourage the participation of undergraduate and master’s level minority and women students in ACJS.

“Having Darron win this award highlights the quality of teaching that occurs in ADJ and at Mason more generally. Very few programs have undergraduates presenting original research at national conferences, yet honors students in ADJ have done so several times now,” says Johnson.

Mason is pursuing a double major in administration of justice and psychology. He is co-founder and president of George Mason’s chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the criminal justice honor society.

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