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How NIJ Is Building the Nation's Research Infrastructure

NCJ Number
NIJ Journal Volume: 274 Dated: 2014 Pages: 48-57
Date Published
October 2014
9 pages
Publication Series
This report presents an overview of programs sponsored by the U.S. Justice Department's National Institute of Justice (NIJ) that support and promote America's next generation of criminal justice researchers.
NIJ's W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship supports new scholars interested in exploring how the social phenomena of race, gender, and culture interact with crime and the administration of justice. Under this program, fellowship awards have been made to study the victimization and fear of crime among Arab-Americans in metro Detroit, racial socialization among African-Americans, and dispute-related violence. NIJ has also promoted internships that enable students to work with primary investigators involved in NIJ research projects. The aforementioned NIJ programs are examples of how NIJ is building the research infrastructure in the United States by providing young researchers with the tools and skills they need to succeed in reaching their goals. This report also includes autobiographical accounts of young researchers NIJ has supported in their efforts to conduct research in such issues as intimate partner violence, sexual assault, the integration of psychology and criminology into research and practice, and improving law enforcement's responses to crime victims. Reports are also presented by persons involved in NIJ programs such as the Graduate Research Fellowship and the University of Maryland's Federal Semester Program, which develops students' skills needed to excel in public-service careers.

Date Published: October 1, 2014