Criminal Justice Summer Research Program (CJSRP)

The primary goal of CJSRP is to provide undergraduate students across the state and region the opportunity to experience graduate education, research, and learn about careers in the Criminal Justice field. Through a 4-week in-depth research experience, our goal is to help prepare undergraduates for graduate education through intensive research experiences with faculty members in the Department of Criminal Justice. We want to recruit strong academic undergraduate students from across the region to learn about UA Little Rock and the Criminal Justice Department.

In the 4 weeks, the students will learn about academia and the research process.

  • why research is important
  • how to formulate research questions
  • how to design a project, data collection, and management
  • how to write up findings, implications of research on policy and practice
  • distribution of research, and how to present their work.

While learning these skills, students will actively participate in research.

To be Eligible:

  • Applicants must have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited four-year college/university.
  • Applicants must have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA at their current institution.
  • Applicants must have completed at least 36 hours of undergraduate education.
  • Applicants must have a STRONG interest in going to graduate school in Criminal Justice.

Application Requirements:

  • Application form
  • College/University Transcripts
  • Two Faculty Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal/Research Statement (typed, double-spaced, 1-2 pages)
  • Academic Resume (no more than 5 pages)

Program Details and Benefits:

  • Program Dates: June 3 to June 28, 2019 (4 weeks)
  • $2,000 summer stipend
  • 3-hour graduate course credit at UA Little Rock
  • Free room on the UA Little Rock campus for the duration of the program
  • Opportunities to present research at local conferences and at UA Little Rock

Program Schedule

Week 1: Introduction to Research

  • What is research? Why does it matter?
  • How to identify sources/Plagiarism?
  • How to read research articles?
  • What is academic writing?
  • How to synthesize research?

Week 2: Research Designs

  • What is a research design?
  • Purpose statements and research questions
  • Concepts and operations
  • Probability and non-probability sampling Designs
  • Survey Research

Week 3: Data Collection and Management

  • Introduction to data collection
  • Data repositories
  • Focus group interviews
  • Data analysis

Week 4: Findings and Dissemination

  • How to write up findings?
  • Implications to theory and practice?
  • How to distribute research?
  • How to write an academic manuscript?
  • How to write a policy brief?
  • How to present and network at conferences
  • Presentation of the group project

For more information, please contact Dr. Tusty ten Bensel at