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Students: Apply now for an opportunity to showcase your work using BJS data!

The Challenge:

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is partnering with the American Society of Criminology to highlight student projects using BJS data sources. We are holding a special webinar where selected undergraduate and graduate students will present a poster or visual describing their research using data from one of BJS’s many data collections. This is a unique opportunity to demonstrate your skills and collaborate with researchers and other professionals!

BJS is the U.S. Justice Department’s official statistical agency, with 45 years of collecting, analyzing, publishing, and disseminating information on various aspects of crime and justice system operations at all levels of government. 

Why participate?

  • Deepen your knowledge of BJS data sources!
  • Obtain guidance and mentoring on your project from a BJS statistician!
  • Network with researchers and other professionals in the criminal justice and related fields!
  • Learn how other students are using BJS data sources to answer critical research questions!


  • Must be a current student in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a U.S. college or university. 
  • Must be able to present at the virtual webinar scheduled for October 29, 2024, and attend any preparatory sessions before the webinar. 
  • Must not have been selected for a BJS showcase or spotlight in the last year. 

Application Process:

Email a short description (250 words max) of the planned project to [email protected] by July 31, 2024, with “BJS Student Expo Submission” in the subject line. BJS will consider the first 50 applications received by July 31st and will select up to 10 students to participate in the virtual webinar on October 29th.  

Next Steps:

BJS will notify selected students by August 31, 2024, and will provide detailed preparation guidelines upon selection. Participants will be matched with subject-matter experts who will provide guidance and feedback on their chosen topic area. Selected students will develop a poster or visual describing their research question, analysis, and key findings. 

Date Published: June 18, 2024