Outstanding Graduating Student Award Criminology, Law and Society

2024 Awardee

Isabelle Tomita

Isabelle Tomita

Isabelle Tomita is a graduating senior who will complete her B.S. in Criminology, Law, and Society in the spring of 2024. Throughout her undergraduate career, she has worked as a research assistant in the MoDiLS laboratory, participated in a variety of student organizations - including Lambda Alpha Epsilon, Kappa Delta, Transitioning Justice Lab, The Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!) - and taken the CLS Honors Seminar, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Her original research for the seminar on the topic of the relationship between traumatic brain injuries and domestic violence has been praised by her instructor for making an important contribution to an understudied area in the field. Tomita was also the first undergraduate student to be allowed to serve as a TA for an undergraduate class. She is the recipient of the Wellesley Book Award and a 2022 finalist for the Schwartzstein Award for first-year research. Tomita will attend Antonin Scalia Law School this fall, with the goal of becoming a criminal defense attorney.