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Graduate Student Presents Research at the Western Society of Criminology Conference

Laura Murray, 4th year Ph.D. in Sociology student, attends WSC Conference in Long Beach, CA

Pictured: Laura Murray with poster presentation at the Western Society of Criminology Conference 2024

Laura Murray, 4th year Ph.D. student in Sociology, traveled to Long Beach, California to present her research at the 2024 Western Society of Criminology’s annual conference. The WSC is a regional professional society “devoted to the scientific study of crime. The society attracts scholars, students, government officials, and practitioners from both the public and private sectors from around the world.”

Murray participated in the conference poster sessions with her work titled, “I am who I say I am: Incarcerated Transwomen and Their Transfer to a California Women’s Prison.”

Laura encourages other graduate students to participate in similar opportunities, stating: “Going to conferences is one of my favorite practices in criminology. I learned so much in those two days at the conference (WSC). The networking is amazing and I love seeing my colleagues every year and learning about their research.”

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology helps support scholarly activities for students presenting their work.