Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2021
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.
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.
Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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