M.S. Forensic Science at the University of New Haven Overview

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M.S. Forensic Science at the University of New Haven Overview

  1. 1. Graduate Program inForensic ScienceUniversity of New Haven
  2. 2. UNH Graduate School Overview• Offering graduate degrees since 1969• 30 degree programs & 25 graduate certificates• Convenient, trimester scheduling• Night and weekend class availability• Small class sizes• Personal attention
  3. 3. Graduate Program Tracks• Criminalistics• Advanced Investigation• Fire Science
  4. 4. Graduate Program• 40 credits• Accelerated• Trimester system• Full-time students ▫ 5 trimesters ▫ 9 credits per trimester• Part-time student ▫ Complete within 5 years
  5. 5. Typical Course Load• Full-time students take 3 courses per trimester ▫ Additional courses can be taken with advisor permission ▫ Does not shorten program• Part-time students take 1 – 2 courses
  6. 6. Criminalistics• Career Goal ▫ Working as a scientist in a forensic laboratory
  7. 7. Entry into Criminalistics• Undergraduate degree in a scientific discipline• GPA typically 3.5 or above• Must sit the GRE’s• Must have significant science coursework if major is not a natural or physical science
  8. 8. Criminalistics• Core courses: • Survey of Forensic Science ▫ 33 credits • Advanced Criminalistics 1 ▫ Biology • Advanced Criminalistics 1 Lab • Advanced Criminalistics 2 ▫ Chemistry • Advanced Criminalistics 2 Lab • DNA • DNA Lab • Physical Methods • Expert Witnessing • Thesis 1 with Seminar • Thesis 2
  9. 9. Criminalistics• Restricted Electives • Toxicology (FOR662)• At least seven credits • Chemistry of Fire and Explosives (FOR625)• Three courses • Capillary Electrophoresis (FOR615) • Drug Chemistry (FOR645) • Forensic Microscopy (FOR660) • Medicolegal Investigation of Death (FOR661) • Advanced Crime Scene (FOR616) • Forensic Examination of Firearms (FOR655) • Advanced Fingerprints (FOR619) • Forensic Photography (FOR618) • Independent Study (FOR695)
  10. 10. Advanced Investigation• Career Goal ▫ Criminal justice system ▫ FBI or similar ▫ Police departments ▫ Crime scene units
  11. 11. Entry into Advanced Investigation• Many different majors accepted• At least one year of science with lab in undergraduate coursework• GPA typically 3.0 or above• No requirement to sit GRE’s• Not suitable for career goal of lab work ▫ Cannot switch track to Criminalistics
  12. 12. Advanced Investigation• Learning Objectives • Modern investigative techniques based on core courses • Advanced Crime Scene Investigation only: • Pattern Recognition • Crime Scene Technology • Medicolegal Investigation • General forensic techniques • Law and Evidence or Criminal Procedures
  13. 13. Coursework • Survey of Forensic Science• Core Courses: ▫ 24 credits • Advanced Investigation (I and II) • Medicolegal Investigation of Death • Advanced Criminalistics I (Biology) • Advanced Criminalistics II (Chemistry) • Physical Analysis in Forensic Science • Advanced Crime Scene Investigation • Capstone Experience ▫ Internship ▫ Research Project
  14. 14. Electives in Forensic Science• Depending on availability • Forensic Toxicology and level of science: • Forensic Microscopy • Chemistry of Fire and Explosives • Advanced Fingerprints • Examination of Firearms Evidence • Expert Witnessing • Special Applications of Forensic Photography • Forensic Engineering
  15. 15. Electives in Other Departments• Criminal Justice• National Security• Psychology• Fire Science• Biology• Chemistry• Languages ▫ Arabic
  16. 16. Capstone Experience - AI• Internship• Research Project
  17. 17. Internship – Advanced Investigation• 160 hours• Approved location• Internships obtained by the student ▫ Crime scene units ▫ Police departments ▫ Sex offender registry ▫ Cold case units ▫ Chief State’s Attorney ▫ CIA ▫ NCIS
  18. 18. Thesis• Criminalistics track students must complete a thesis (6 credits) as their capstone experience• Each faculty member has different research interests ▫ Archaeological, ancient relics ▫ Crime scene methods ▫ DNA ▫ Drugs and Toxicology ▫ Trace Evidence ▫ Instrumental analysis
  19. 19. Special Thesis Opportunities• University of Verona, Italy ▫ Capillary electrophoresis course ▫ Future possibility of PhD• University of Split, Croatia ▫ DNA ▫ War remains
  20. 20. Teaching Assistantships• Approx. 5 new positions available for 2012• Some are within Forensic Science• Remaining positions are elsewhere on campus ▫ Chemistry ▫ Biology ▫ Other• 50% tuition plus hourly wage (200 hrs/trimester)
  21. 21. Teaching Assistantships• Offers for TA positions are usually made when a place in the program is offered• Any unfilled TA positions are filled after 1st May through Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid• Many positions become available later in the year
  22. 22. Faculty• Every member of the Forensic Science Department faculty has been a practitioner in his/her specialized field
  23. 23. Timothy Palmbach, M.S.,J.D. • Department chair • Major (Ret.) Connecticut State Police • Head of Division of Scientific Services • Major Crime Squad
  24. 24. Howard Harris, M.S., Ph.D., J.D. • Professor • Director New York City Police Department Crime Lab • Director Monroe County Public Safety Laboratory, NY • New York State Crime Laboratory Commission • Research Chemist Shell Oil • Former Chair of Forensic Science Department
  25. 25. Fred Smith, M.S., Ph.D. • Professor • Director of Forensic Science program at the University of Alabama • Scientific Director of AccuTox, a forensic urine drug testing facility
  26. 26. Azriel Gorski, M.Sc., Ph.D. • Associate Professor • Undergraduate coordinator • Professor Hebrew University of Jerusalem • Head of Israeli National Police Forensic Laboratory • Director of Kennewick Forensic Laboratory, WA State Patrol • Supervisor Spokane Forensic Laboratory • Scientist Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab
  27. 27. Virginia Maxwell, D.Phil. • Associate Professor • Graduate Coordinator • 15 years at the State of Connecticut Forensic Science Laboratory • Supervisor Trace Evidence Section • Department of National Defence, Canada
  28. 28. Mike Adamovicz, Ph.D. • Associate Professor • Supervisor of Nuclear DNA, Ct Forensic Lab • Supervisor of Mitochondrial DNA, CT Forensic Lab
  29. 29. Heather Coyle, M.S., Ph.D. • Associate Professor • State of Connecticut Forensic Science Laboratory • DNA Unit • Supervisor Mitochondrial DNA Unit
  30. 30. Peter Massey, M.S. • Lecturer • Detective, Hamden Police Department • Crime scene expert
  31. 31. Peter Valentin, M.Sc. • CSP Western District Major Crime Squad • Crime scene expert
  32. 32. Adjunct Faculty• Lt. Dave Rice• Dave San Pietro• Kevin Parisi• Amy Dorsey• Ken Zercie• Lt. Gerry Narowski• Dr. Robert Powers• Art Belanger• Bob Hathaway
  33. 33. Henry C. Lee Institute• Training programs in Forensic Science for the criminal justice community• Arnold Markle Symposium
  34. 34. Facilities• Renovated laboratories Crime scene rooms (touch screen technology)• Evidence processing rooms• State-of-the art DNA laboratory• Instrumentation rooms – new SEM, XRD, Raman• State-of-the art firearms microscope• AFIS system• Video enhancement system• IBIS system• SICAR system• PDQ database
  35. 35. Blackboard• Forensic Science Majors Community ▫ Graduate handbook ▫ Forms ▫ Information ▫ Training ▫ Employment• GFSC
  36. 36. Student Life• Housing ▫ Off-campus housing listings  http://www.newhaven.edu/graduateservices ▫ Blackboard “roommate finder” forum• Clubs and Organizations ▫ Graduate Student Council ▫ Graduate Forensic Science Club ▫ International Student Association ▫ …and others
  37. 37. Application Process• Apply online by March 15th at www.newhaven.edu ▫ Application is currently available fee-free online for a limited time• Application materials: ▫ Two letters of recommendation ▫ Official College Transcripts ▫ GRE Scores (Criminalistics) ▫ Personal Statement
  38. 38. Admission Procedure• Submit all required materials to: Graduate Admissions University of New Haven 300 Boston Post Road West Haven, CT 06516• Decisions generally come within a few weeks once an application is complete
  39. 39. Financial Aid• All U.S. resident students eligible for Stafford Loans ▫ $20,500 per year• Graduate Assistantships• Graduate PLUS and private loans• FAFSA required
  40. 40. View this presentation online at: http://www.slideshare.net/unhgradschool Contact Information:Your Graduate Admissions Counselor: Leila Krutt lkrutt@newhaven.edu 203-931-2988 Marcus Hanscom mhanscom@newhaven.edu 203-932-7277 Graduate Admissions gradinfo@newhaven.edu 203-932-7440

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