Sociology Senior Daniel Jang Earns Prestigious Fellowship at the University of Maryland's Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

May 10, 2012

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WACO, Texas (May 10, 2012) -- Sociology undergraduate Daniel Jang of Baylor University has accepted a prestigious Edwin Sutherland Fellowship at the University of Maryland's Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

"The list of those who have held the fellowship represents a who's who of prominent criminologists," said Charles Tolbert, Ph.D., chair of the sociology department in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences. "This is a very big deal. Daniel was a hot property on the sociology/criminology graduate recruitment market this year."

The Baylor senior, a University Scholar major from Waco, said he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice and hopes to eventually conduct research and teach sociology and criminology at a research university.

"Receiving this offer was a great blessing and provided a special opportunity for me to further my studies at a very prestigious program," Jang said. "I was honored to be able to positively represent Baylor University, especially the individuals and departments that provided me with support during and leading up to the application and decision-making process.

"I already felt that the graduate program at Maryland would be a good fit for me personally and for my professional development, so receiving the fellowship in addition to that was just icing on the cake," he said.

A letter to Jang from the department stated that "this Fellowship is our most prestigious award and is offered to only a very small number of applicants each year. The program is intended to recruit the best and brightest students to our program and to support them for the duration of their graduate studies here."

The fellowship includes a stipend of $35,000 for 12 months plus tuition remission, according to the University of Maryland website.

The University of Maryland's Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice was established in 1969 and graduated its first doctoral students in 1978-1979. The department has grown to be one of the most popular majors on campus, with the No. 1 ranked doctoral program in the United States (U.S. News & World Report, 2005, 2010. It department conducts research on a wide variety of topics related to criminology and criminal justice, including crime and justice decision-making, crime control and prevention, and life-course criminology.

Besides the College Park Campus, CCJS has an undergraduate program in Shady Grove and a master's degree program in China with Nanjing Normal University Law School. The department recently initiated a master's of professional studies in justice leadership program with the People's Police Academy in Vietnam.

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Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, classified as such with "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions.

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