UIndy's Community Research Center (CRC), located within the Sociology & Criminal Justice Department, offers students a place to hone their research skills while also supporting the needs of the community.
Through the CRC, social sciences students (graduate students in the Applied Sociology program and undergraduates majoring or minoring in criminal justice and sociology) have a facility to conduct research and evaluation design, which are critical skills in these fields. Students work under the careful guidance of social sciences faculty, who have expertise and community contacts in a variety of fields.
The CRC also benefits the larger community, as much of the research is centered on program analysis and assessment for community-based programs.
The Community Research Center offers sociology and criminal justice students a wealth of research opportunities. Over the past five years, more than a dozen graduate and undergraduate students have worked on applied research projects, co-authored research reports with faculty, and presented at national conferences.
Through the Community Research Center, faculty and students work on a variety of research projects. Some of our larger projects include: