Francis J. Finnegan Memorial Prize

This prize is given at graduation in recognition of the best senior thesis submitted by a criminology major each year.

To be considered for the prize, submissions must to received by the thesis adviser and the department by Monday, April 2, 2018.


2017    Ruth Grossman - Did the 2010 OxyContin reformulation raise Philadelphia's heroin-related mortality rates more than the national average?

2016    Tilyn Nicole Bell - An evaluation of King County, WA's Buyer Beware Program: An assement of the implementation and effects of a pilot prostitution policy

2015    Hannah Danielle Krinsky - Nutrients and delinquents: The effects of banning junk foods in American schools on violent juvenile conduct

2014    Emily Anne Leven - Transit police in the neighborhood: The effects of a SEPTA police initiative on crime

2013    Olivia Choy - Heart rate as a mediator of the social adversity-antisocial behavior relationship 

2012    Corey Conyers - An investigation into the crime reduction effects of CCTV cameras in Lancaster, PA

2011    Zach Sommers – The effects of demographic factors on sentencing and probation outcomes

2010    Jill Portnoy – The second to fourth digit ratio (2D:4D) and its relation to crime, aggression and pychopathic personality