Dean's Medalists

Jennifer Leahy
College of Social Sciences

jennifer leahyJennifer Leahy of Oakhurst, completed an M.S. in Criminology with a 4.0 GPA. During her master's program, she worked with Dr. Yoshiko Takahashi to assess the effectiveness of a writing software program for the upper-division criminology classes for the Save our Adolescents from Prostitution project. The results of the study were presented at the American Society of Criminology conference by Leahy and Dr. Takahashi. In another project, "Women's Perceptions of Fear in Prison," she used secondary data and tested how age, race, previous incarceration and offense type would be related to the perceptions of fear and safety among female prisoners in the United States. As a research assistant, she worked on projects such as realignment in Fresno County, a programmatic review for a project examining women offenders in the Los Angeles County Jail, and various projects pertaining to PREA research. She also has assisted with projects on an international level, working with the Thailand Institute of Justice on projects such as a digital reference guide pertaining to femicide. She recently returned from the UN Crime Congress in Qatar and plans to pursue a doctorate and career in victim services.

Megi Hakobjanyan
College of Social Sciences

Megi HakobjanyanMegi Hakobjanyan of Fresno, completed a B.A. in Political Science, with a 4.0 GPA. Born and raised in Armenia, she immigrated to the United States in 2007. She is a member of the Smittcamp Family Honors College and the College of Social Sciences Honors Program. With support from grants and scholarships, she attended the European Student Conference at Yale, spent a semester at the Charles University in Prague, and served as an intern at the Armenian Embassy of the Czech Republic, among other activities. She is working with Dr. Bradley Hart to translate the Mitrochin Archives from Russian to English. Her volunteer work includes passing out food at the Bulldog Pantry and participating in Relay for Life and March for Babies, as well as the Greek Festival. Megi credits her many campus involvements with her work since 2012 at the University Student Union reservations desk, where her supervisors encouraged her to be active both on and off campus. Her internship was with the American Civil Liberties Union. This fall, she will attend Johns Hopkins University, where she will pursue a Master of Arts in International Affairs.