Brian Walsh Receives Academic Prize, Recognition for Research in Criminal Justice

Junior Brian Walsh, a Criminal Justice and Criminology Major, was recently awarded Chaminade’s highest academic honor, the President Sue Wesselkamper Prize, one of two recipients in 2013.

Last summer, Brian participated in a ten-week internship with mentors at Harvard University. His research involved reviewing the effectiveness of educational programs in state prisons. The project was presented at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium in Hartford, Connecticut and was well received by fellow scholars.

This spring he will present the results of his research in a poster displayed in Washington, D.C. at the Council on Undergraduate Research’s “Posters on the Hill” event. Presenters are selected in a nationwide competition.

Brian presented his research at the Na Liko student scholarship showcase at Chaminade recently. This short clip from his presentation gives an idea of his study:

This semester, Brian has been active as a teaching assistant for Professor Christopher McNally (International Studies) and as an intern at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Advocacy Division. He is involved in the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society where he holds the position of treasurer. During days off from school, Brian enjoys volunteering in the outreach ministry at his local church parish, Our Lady of Good Counsel in Pearl City, Hawaii.

This summer, he will again take part in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program, this time at Yale University.
His mentor at Chaminade, Professor Janet Davidson (Criminal Justice and Criminology), was instrumental in assisting Brian to apply to the Summer Research Early Identification Program which led to his acceptance to summer internships at Harvard and Yale. Brian recommends fellow students ask their faculty about internship ideas. “Go talk to them! They are connected,” says Brian.

Brian is the son of John and Theresa Walsh and the oldest of three siblings.

The Sue Wesselkamper prize is made possible by the generous support of Henry and Charlotte Clark and is given annually to recognize and encourage student scholarship and build the tradition of the annual Na Liko Na’auao student scholarship day.