University of New Haven M.S. Forensic Science Webinar Overview


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Learn more about the University of New Haven and the master's degree program in Forensic Science in this presentation original shown during a live webinar on Tuesday, February 5, 2013. Applications for the Fall 2013 Trimester are due by March 15, 2013.

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University of New Haven M.S. Forensic Science Webinar Overview

  1. 1. Graduate Program Tracks• Criminalistics• Advanced Investigation• Fire Science
  2. 2. Graduate Program• 40 credits (Going to 42 Credits)• Accelerated• Trimester system• Full-time students ▫ 5 trimesters ▫ 9 credits per trimester• Part-time student ▫ Complete within 5 years
  3. 3. Typical Course Load• Full-time students take 3 courses per trimester ▫ Additional courses can be taken with advisor permission (Limit based on Financial Aid) ▫ Does not shorten program• Part-time students take 1 – 2 courses
  4. 4. Criminalistics• Career Goal ▫ Working as a scientist in a forensic laboratory
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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)
  8. 8. Advanced Investigation• Career Goal ▫ Criminal justice system ▫ FBI or similar ▫ Police departments ▫ Crime scene units
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. Advanced Investigation• Learning Objectives based on core courses only: • Modern investigative techniques • Advanced Crime Scene Investigation • Pattern Recognition • Crime Scene Technology • Medicolegal Investigation • General forensic techniques • Law and Evidence or Criminal Procedures
  11. 11. Coursework• Core Courses: • Survey of Forensic Science ▫ 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
  12. 12. Electives in Forensic Science• Depending on availability and level of science: • Forensic Toxicology • Forensic Microscopy • Chemistry of Fire and Explosives • Advanced Fingerprints • Examination of Firearms Evidence • Expert Witnessing • Special Applications of Forensic Photography • Forensic Engineering
  13. 13. Electives in Other Departments• Criminal Justice• National Security• Psychology• Fire Science• Biology• Chemistry• Languages ▫ Arabic
  14. 14. Capstone Experience - AI• Internship• Research Project
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. Special Thesis Opportunities• University of Verona, Italy ▫ Capillary electrophoresis course ▫ Future possibility of PhD• University of Split, Croatia ▫ DNA ▫ War remains
  18. 18. Teaching Assistantships• Approx. 4 new positions available for For. Sci.• Remaining positions are elsewhere on campus ▫ Chemistry ▫ Biology ▫ CJ ▫ Other• 50% tuition plus hourly wage (200 hrs/trimester)
  19. 19. 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• Some positions become available later in the year
  20. 20. Faculty• Every member of the Forensic Science Department faculty has been a practitioner in his/her specialized field
  21. 21. Timothy Palmbach, M.S.,J.D. • Department chair • Major (Ret.) Connecticut State Police • Head of Division of Scientific Services – Lab Director • Major Crime Squad • Consultant in Crime Scene Reconstruction
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. 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
  24. 24. Virginia Maxwell, D.Phil. • Associate Professor • 15 years at the State of Connecticut Forensic Science Laboratory • Supervisor Trace Evidence Section • Department of National Defence, Canada
  25. 25. Mike Adamovicz, Ph.D. • Associate Professor • Supervisor of Nuclear DNA, Ct Forensic Lab • Supervisor of Mitochondrial DNA, CT Forensic Lab
  26. 26. Heather Coyle, M.S., Ph.D. • Associate Professor • State of Connecticut Forensic Science Laboratory • DNA Unit • Supervisor Mitochondrial DNA Unit
  27. 27. Brooke Kammrath, PhD• Assistant Professor• Smith Detection – Instrument Analysis Trainer• Forensic Consultant- Trace evidence• Chemometrics Expert
  28. 28. Peter Massey, M.S. • Lecturer • Detective, Hamden Police Department • Crime scene expert
  29. 29. Peter Valentin, M.Sc.• CSP Western District Major Crime Squad• Crime scene expert
  30. 30. Adjunct Faculty• Lt. Dave Rice CSP (Ret.)• Dave San Pietro, Westchester Crime Lab• Kevin Parisi, CT Forensic Lab• Ken Zercie CT Lab Dir. (Ret.)• Chief Gerry Narowski• Dr. Robert Powers• Art Belanger Yale Pathology• Bob Hathaway Firearms Examiner
  31. 31. Henry C. Lee Institute• Training programs in Forensic Science for the criminal justice community and students• Arnold Markle Symposium• Research
  32. 32. Facilities & Technology• 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
  33. 33. Blackboard• Forensic Science Majors Community ▫ Graduate handbook ▫ Forms ▫ Information ▫ Training ▫ Employment
  34. 34. 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
  35. 35. Greater New Haven• A true “college city” ▫ Six colleges and universities• World-renowned food• Exciting nightlife• Thriving arts scene• Only minutes to the beach• Convenient to Boston and New York City
  36. 36. 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
  37. 37. Admission Procedure• Submit all required materials to: Graduate Admissions University of New Haven 300 Boston Post Road West Haven, CT 06516• Decisions are made available periodically during the admission process as all decisions are made by an admission committee
  38. 38. Tuition & Fees• Graduate tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year is $775 per credit hour• Fees including a Graduate Student Council fee and technology fee: $45 total per term
  39. 39. Financial Aid• Stafford Loans ▫ $20,500 per year ▫ Must be U.S. Citizen or Eligible noncitizen to be considered for this federal direct unsubsidized student loan program• Graduate Work Program ▫ Teaching and research assistantships ▫ Administrative awards• Graduate PLUS and private loans
  40. 40. Financial Aid• FAFSA required ▫• Priority Deadline: March 1 for Fall 2013, but applications are accepted at any time prior to enrollment• Contact Information: ▫ 203-932-7315
  41. 41. View this presentation online at: Contact Information: Your Graduate Admissions Counselor: Leila Phillips 203-931-2988 Marcus Hanscom 203-932-7277Dr. Tim Palmbach, Forensic Science Program Advisor 203-932-7119