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


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Learn more about the M.S. in Forensic Science program at the University of New Haven.

Learn more about the M.S. in Forensic Science program at the University of New Haven.

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  • 1. Graduate Program inForensic ScienceUniversity of New Haven
  • 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. Graduate Program Tracks• Criminalistics• Advanced Investigation• Fire Science
  • 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. 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. Criminalistics• Career Goal ▫ Working as a scientist in a forensic laboratory
  • 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. 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. 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. Advanced Investigation• Career Goal ▫ Criminal justice system ▫ FBI or similar ▫ Police departments ▫ Crime scene units
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. Electives in Other Departments• Criminal Justice• National Security• Psychology• Fire Science• Biology• Chemistry• Languages ▫ Arabic
  • 16. Capstone Experience - AI• Internship• Research Project
  • 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. 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. Special Thesis Opportunities• University of Verona, Italy ▫ Capillary electrophoresis course ▫ Future possibility of PhD• University of Split, Croatia ▫ DNA ▫ War remains
  • 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. 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. Faculty• Every member of the Forensic Science Department faculty has been a practitioner in his/her specialized field
  • 23. Timothy Palmbach, M.S.,J.D. • Department chair • Major (Ret.) Connecticut State Police • Head of Division of Scientific Services • Major Crime Squad
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. Mike Adamovicz, Ph.D. • Associate Professor • Supervisor of Nuclear DNA, Ct Forensic Lab • Supervisor of Mitochondrial DNA, CT Forensic Lab
  • 29. Heather Coyle, M.S., Ph.D. • Associate Professor • State of Connecticut Forensic Science Laboratory • DNA Unit • Supervisor Mitochondrial DNA Unit
  • 30. Peter Massey, M.S. • Lecturer • Detective, Hamden Police Department • Crime scene expert
  • 31. Peter Valentin, M.Sc. • CSP Western District Major Crime Squad • Crime scene expert
  • 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. Henry C. Lee Institute• Training programs in Forensic Science for the criminal justice community• Arnold Markle Symposium
  • 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. Blackboard• Forensic Science Majors Community ▫ Graduate handbook ▫ Forms ▫ Information ▫ Training ▫ Employment• GFSC
  • 36. Student Life• Housing ▫ Off-campus housing listings  ▫ Blackboard “roommate finder” forum• Clubs and Organizations ▫ Graduate Student Council ▫ Graduate Forensic Science Club ▫ International Student Association ▫ …and others
  • 37. Application Process• Apply online by March 15th at ▫ 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. 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. 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. View this presentation online at: Contact Information:Your Graduate Admissions Counselor: Leila Krutt 203-931-2988 Marcus Hanscom 203-932-7277 Graduate Admissions 203-932-7440