'The Criminologist'

Karie Gregory is a senior double-majoring in psychology/law and society with a minor in forensic sciences from Edgerton, Wis.

Her dream: With an interest in criminal profiling, she wants to work for the FBI or Department of Justice and study the effects of mental illness on criminality and recidivism.

How she’s making it come true: After spending much of 7th grade with her nose buried in crime novels, she job shadowed an agent at the Wisconsin Department of Justice the very next year for a class project. “Other kids wanted to go to their parents’ work for the day, but I had other ideas,” says Karie, who didn’t shrink from crime scene photos and took copious notes. Six years later, she returned for an internship. This fall, she heads to Michigan State to pursue a master’s degree in criminal justice.

Up for the challenge: In a field dominated by men, Karie knows she’s in for a challenge — and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Her independent nature practically demands she take the road less traveled. In fact, it was that personality trait that landed her at Purdue. “I wanted to experience life somewhere else,” says the Wisconsin native. “And I didn’t want it to be easy for me to go home.”

Favorite author: James Patterson, naturally.

By Tammy Weaver-Stoike