Research in the Center

Statewide Juvenile Needs Assessment 2017

This study extends the Regional Councils of Governments’ (COG) valuable work in assessing juvenile justice needs through online assessment of a representative sample of adult Texas residents with adolescents (age 12-17) living within their homes. Participants provided general descriptive terms for adolescents, views about crime within their communities and barriers to successful, crime-free adolescence, and suggestions to reduce crime within this population. The researchers recruited a purposive, stratified sample of Texas adult residents from their proprietary email panels based upon requested demographics (e.g., age 30-65 with an adolescent, age 12-17 living in the home) and stratification (e.g., by gender and rural/urban location to match state census demographics).

13th Annual Research Symposium

The Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center organized and hosted the 13th Annual Research Symposium where undergraduate and graduate students from all of the University’s schools and colleges presented research to faculty, staff, and peers. Students from nearby Blinn College and Texas Southern University also participated. Around 104 students ranging from freshmen to graduate students participated in this year’s event. The Symposium kicked off Thursday morning with a keynote from professors and students on different phases of their research journey and an introduction from the Dean of the College of Juvenile Justice, Tamara Brown Ph.D., who spoke on the benefits of research in a student’s academic career. Winners from the poster and paper presentations include:


  • 1st Place: Shauna N. Richards, Does the Level of Education Influence the Attitudes toward Addiction?
  • 2nd Place: Abayomi Adekanmbi, A Web Application for Visualizing and Predicting Groundwater Storage in Texas
  • 3rd Place (tie): Olatunde Badmus, Effects of Organic Amendments for Collard Greens Farming on Soil CO2 Emissions
  • 3rd Place (tie): Arndreya Howard, Analysis of Air Emissions from a Goat Farm Operation
  • 3rd Place (tie): Paula Songs, The Awareness and Knowledge of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking among College Students


  • 1st Place: Emmanuel Odi, ImageJ: A Tool for Analysis of Pneumococcal Keratitis
  • 2nd Place (tied): Dora Gonzales, Effects of Feeding Grains Naturally Contaminated with Fusarium Mycotoxins and Challenged with Coccidiosis on the Performance and Metabolism of Broiler Chickens
  • 2nd Place (tied): David Butler, An Analysis of the Implicit Biases in Public Policy and the War on Drugs
  • 3rd Place: Jhanté Rivet, Exploring Internalized Misogynoir in College Aged African-Americans and Their Perceptions of Black Women through Skin Tone and Natural Hair Texture Biases