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Criminal Justice Professor Selected for U.S. Department of State Fellowship

SUNY Plattsburgh Assistant Criminal Justice Professor Dr. Sharon Melzer has been selected as a Franklin Fellow with the U.S. Department of State.

From July 2014 to July 2015, Melzer will work in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in Washington, D.C. Her work will focus on cigarette smuggling, human trafficking and counterfeit products as well as other transnational crime problems and issues.

Melzer said she is looking forward to serving her country, viewing her field from a foreign policy perspective and bringing what she learns back to campus.

“I’m very excited,” she said. “I think it’s wonderful for SUNY Plattsburgh and for criminal justice.”

SUNY Plattsburgh offers a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a criminal justice minor. The program emphasizes a liberal arts approach and studies crime and justice from a social-scientific perspective. It prepares students for a variety of careers, including law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, social services, victim services, graduate and law school, and administrative positions within the criminal justice system.

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