COSS Graduate Student Success


Clayton DrummondClayton Drummond - “Clayton graduated from UWG with his BS in Criminology in December 2017, and began the Criminology MA Program the following January. He is an exceptional student who is studious, courteous, and respectful. He excels in his coursework and research as he is preparing to enter a doctoral program upon graduating with his master’s degree.

Clayton’s research includes looking at wrongful convictions due to misconduct by criminal justice professionals. He presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology in November 2018 on currently known cases of wrongful convictions by official misconduct from the National Registry of Exonerations.

Most recently, Clayton presented his research at the Southern Criminal Justice Association annual meeting where he presented preliminary results from his master’s thesis. Specifically, his analyses include a compilation of state statutes on official misconduct and discussion on a model statute. His final analyses will be presented in March 2020 when he travels to San Antonio, TX for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting.

In addition to his research and coursework, Clayton also interns with the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and serves as the graduate student representative of the Graduate Programs Committee of the Faculty Senate.”



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     Bre’Ahn Heard (Sociology – MA student) presented her research paper “University to Middle School: Combining Scholarship and Service” at the Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of West Georgia. She was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, which is the nation’s oldest and most selective multidisciplinary collegiate honor society.




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     Abraham Dixon – MA – Criminology is now working with the CCRB as an investigator in New York City. The CCRB is the Civilian Complaint Review Board, and they investigate police misconduct including use of force, abuse of authority, discourtesy and offensive language of the NYPD towards citizens of New York. 






    Jasmine Reagin (Sociology – MA student): inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and have been nominated by the College of Social Sciences for the Graduate School Hall of Fame.




    Lacey Moore (Sociology – MA student):
    presented thesis at the Southern Sociological Society; accepted into PhD programs in sociology at Georgia State University, University of Georgia, and the University of South Carolina. She plans to attend University Georgia. 






     BishnuBishnu Adhikari (Sociology – MA student):  received Frank Andrews Fellowship award for summer institute in survey research techniques at University of Michigan.








    KatzDebra Katz (Psychology – PhD student): Debra's article, "An Ethnographical Assessment of Project Firefly: A Yearlong Endeavor to Create Wealth by Predicting FOREX Currency Moves with Associative Remote Viewing" will be published this month in the JOURNAL OF SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION, Vol. 32, No. 1. 

    She also received PARE $3000 award from the Parapsychology Association in 2017 for a research proposal entitled: "The Associative Remote Viewing Rejudging Project". In 2017 she had two articles published in the May issue of Eight Martini's Remote Viewing Magazine; She presented full talks at the Society for Scientific Exploration Convention held at Yale University, and at the International Remote Viewing Association Conference.





    GlazierJake Glazier (Psychology – PhD student):  Jake published an article on Jacques Derrida's theory of hauntology and its relation to subjectivity and identity creation last spring in the Journal for Cultural Research. He currently has an essay in-press for the journal Critical Horizons that looks at the differences between immanent philosophy and the thinking of Donna Haraway.

    Additionally, he has a forthcoming chapter in an anthology that examines the influences of the African diaspora on the Deep South in the United States. Jake is also presenting next month in New Orleans as part of a panel at the annual spring meeting for Division 39: Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association.







    Gearlene (Ms. Gerry) Thompson-Young (Criminology – MA student):  Gerry is a licensed Private Investigator instructor for the state of Georgia. 

    After age 50, she returned to school for a bachelor degree in Criminology and is working on achieving her masters in Criminology.  She is actively opening a nonprofit entity called Anti-Recidivist Introduction to Society and Ethics (A.R.I.S.E.) that will reunite the imprisoned with the children they left behind.







    DialRob Dial (MPA Student) has been accepted to attend the Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Organization at UGA’s J.W. Fanning Institute. The program takes place January 7 - 12, and is an immersive program. It is a very prestigious program for nonprofit leadership and also a cooperative between UGA, Georgia State and Georgia Tech.








    Akiebia Hicks (MPA Student) presentation proposal has been accepted for the Mellon-funded conference, “Sustaining Diverse and Inclusive Communities.” The conference will be held on the Queens College campus on Novermber 13-14, 2017. They offered her a travel award of $800.








    GarriGarri Hovhannisyan (MA student, Psychology) has won a national award for "Best Student Paper" in the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association. Garri presented his paper at the August conference in Washington D.C. and his paper was selected as the best among those submitted by students this year.









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