Vanessa Jordan is an undergraduate criminology major at the University of Northern Iowa. Her research interests include the study of psychology in law. After graduation she plans to seek a P.h.D. in Justice Studies and eventually become a crisis negotiator. Vanessa joined the McNair Scholars Program to receive the proper assistance needed to become a doctoral candidate. She is a first generation student and she knew that McNair would help guide her through this challenging journey. In her free time, Vanessa is an intern at the Riverview sexual assault center in Waterloo, IA.