The Michael F. Serafino Award for "Best Student Poster"
The Michael F. Serafino Award for "Best Student Poster" is open to posters submitted by all students seeking a bachelors, masters, or doctoral degree. Posters are judged on the quality of the student's scholarship, contribution to the fields of criminal justice and psychology, and the value of the overall contribution to the Society's annual conference. Students eligible for this $250.00 honorarium with certificate must present their poster in person at the conference. For more information about this award please contact Gerry Serafino (P.O. Box 1137, Roswell, NM 88202-1137).
This award commemorates Michael F. Serafino. Michael was born on November 19, 1968. He died on July 21, 1992 at the age of 23 while he was a graduate student in criminal justice studies at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He was a student member of the Society of Police and Criminal Psychology who had attended in 1991, where he made a positive impression on Society members. At the time of his death, Michael had been preparing a paper for presentation at the Society's 1992 annual conference. This paper was never presented. In 1994 the Society inaugurated the Michael F. Serafino Best Student Poster competition in honor of Michael. His parents, Gerry and Ann Serafino, have been members of the Society since 1984 and remain interested in SPCP to this day.
In 1994, the Society members voted to establish the Michael F. Serafino Award in honor of Michael. Michael's parents, Dr. Gerry and Anne Serafino of Roswell, New Mexico, agreed to chair the awards committee. The winners of the Michael F. Serafino Awards have been as follows:
The rating form used by the selection committee is available here.