Graduate Students

Natasha Briones

 
Program: MCJ
Expected graduation date: Spring 2021

 

 
Background:
I am a born and raised New Mexican from Rio Rancho, NM. I graduated from NMSU this past May in a BA- Criminal Justice. I currently serve as President for Alpha Phi Sigma- the National Criminal Justice Honor Society for NMSU as well as the Secretary for the Graduate Student Organization. I enjoy traveling the world, adventures in the mountains and watching sports with friends. 
 
Current work: 
I am a first-year graduate student learning the basic core of the master program with the hope of accomplishing a thesis.  
Why NMSU? 
I actually did not pick NMSU for my undergraduate but happily ended at this great institution because people guided me to NMSU. Through friends in APS and devoted professors who helped me decide on continue at NMSU for the master program. I’ve always enjoyed learning and was given this great opportunity so here I am. 
 
Kelsey Phillips
 

Program: MCJ

Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2021

Klp96@nmsu.edu

 
Background:

I graduated from New Mexico State University in the spring of 2019, with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and minors in Forensic Psychology and History. I am currently the vice president of Alpha Phi Sigma- the National Criminal Justice Honor Society (NMSU Chapter) and an executive counselor for the Criminal Justice Graduate Student Organization.  I am also working as a teaching assistant in the department of Criminal Justice this semester and love to spend my spare time with friends and family.

Current work:

I am a first year (first semester) Masters student, so I am currently undecided on whether I want to pursue writing a thesis or complete the comprehensive exams.

Why NMSU?
I chose to stay at NMSU because the environment is so inviting and welcoming that it feels like home to me. I have found lifelong friends, a sense of community, and the desire to continue growing my knowledge, so I thought it would be best for me to stay and pursue my graduate studies here at NMSU.
 
Elizabeth Saavedra
 
Program: MCJ

Expected Graduation Date: May 2020

 

 

Background:

I graduated from New Mexico State University in the Fall of 2018, with a Bachelor of Criminal Justice and a minor in forensic science. I am currently the vice president of the Criminal Justice Graduate Student organization a member of Alpha Phi Sigma, National Criminal Justice Honor Society. I am currently a teaching assistant for the criminal justice department and work a part time job on the weekends. When I have free time from work and school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Current work:

As an undergraduate student I was in the Masters Acceleration Program (MAP). This allowed me to complete graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Currently I am assisting Dr. Tapia with mapping violent crimes in Juarez which requires me to be familiar with the Geographic Information System or GIS. I chose the thesis option and plan to incorporate the research I am assisting with in my thesis.

Why NMSU?

Being born in Las Cruces and raised in the outskirts I always knew that I wanted to build my life here. I truly care so much about this city and the surrounding areas so for me it was an easy choice to attend NMSU. Many people say that there is nothing to do here but I think that because of that it makes it a perfect place to own a home and raise a family. Staying local allows me to be close to my family and upon graduation I plan to work here an do a lot of traveling. 

 
Daniel Topete
 
Program: MCJ
Expected graduation date:  Spring 2020
 
 
 
Background:

I graduated from New Mexico State University in the spring of 2018, with a Bachelor of Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. I am currently the president of the Criminal Justice Graduate Student organization and a public relations officer for Alpha Phi Sigma- the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. These organization, schoolwork, and working as a teaching assistant for the criminal justice department keep me very busy.

Current work:

I am currently in my second semester of the criminal justice master program and have chosen to pursue the thesis option. I will begin work on my thesis this summer.

Why NMSU?

I chose NMSU because I grew up in this area and I am glad to be able to continue my education here in Las Cruces where everything is slow and calm, which makes life much easier. I have enjoyed my experience here at NMSU making new friends and working closely with the faculty here in the criminal justice department as a teaching assistant.

 

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Graduate Student Erika Ochoa presented her thesis research on the Social Disorganization Theory and the College Campus Periphery at the SWACJ conference in San Antonio, TX

 

Graduate Student Adriana Chavez presented her thesis research on The El Paso/Juarez Prison Gang / Bario Azteca at the SWACJ conference in San Antonio, TX