Susybel “Roxy” Pimentel, M.A. was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship for her studies towards a Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice degree through the University of Cincinnati’s College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services (CECH). Her selection was based on her demonstrated potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality and diversity of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise through research. With this recognition, she earned a $34,000 per-year stipend for three years, and membership to the GRFP Fellowship program for five years.
Pimentel proposed a research study she will conduct during her doctoral studies on the effects of police contact with youth and its policy implications, a field relevant to her past work and interests. She previously worked with the Vera Institute of Justice, Riker's Island Jail Complex, and participated in the National Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. According to Pimentel, her research topic is, “Important in light of recent high-profile events in Ferguson, MO and Cleveland, OH.”
Pimentel wants to make a real difference in how the Criminal Justice System works with youth in our country. She comments on her proposal, “I am hopeful that these findings will contribute to the literature in understanding what factors lead youth to commit crimes. My long-term goal is to be a policy researcher working at a non-profit organization or government agency to reduce youth crime and improve police-community relations, especially in urban communities.” Pimentel is set to graduate in 2019 after publishing her research findings.