Criminology Student Featured as University Student Star
College of Criminology & Criminal Justice student Nathen Mergen was recently featured as a FSU Student Star. Mergen, a second year student, explained that he came to FSU intending to major in psychology, but an unexpectedly insightful meeting with Dean Blomberg convinced him to change course.
“Within 20 minutes of our conversation about switching majors, Dean Blomberg invited me to join a research project with retired Lt. Gen. Robert Milligan, a three-star U.S. Marine Corps general,” Mergen said. “Milligan and Blomberg were leading research on cybersecurity and cybercrimes.”
The research project galvanized Mergen’s decision to focus on criminology and cybersecurity. He continued to investigate cybercrimes, specifically against businesses, along with a doctoral student and other undergraduate students.
“I went to the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference and the Florida Center for Cybersecurity Conference,” he said. “I was able to connect with industry professionals and people at the top of billion-dollar cybersecurity companies. I made a lot of connections, and it was a ton of fun.”