Kara Ploss

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Kara Ploss

Kara Ploss

Research and Policy Intern

In the fall, I will be entering my fourth year of college at the University at Albany in New York. I am a double major, studying Criminal Justice and Psychology and will be graduating with both degrees this upcoming May. I chose these fields because I am interested in exploring the consequences and underlying causes of crime and how they relate to a criminal’s psychological state. Subsequently, I worked as a research assistant on campus in both subject areas and I have learned that crime is not caused solely by genetic makeup nor an individual’s nurturing environment, but a combination of the two. I am looking forward to interning at IARS for a plethora of reasons, but most importantly, to make a positive impact on society. In addition, this experience will undoubtedly enhance my ability to uncover crime prevention strategies and seek out solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems.