Upcoming Events

January 12, 2015
Spring semester begins

January 22-25, 2015
Sanibel Conference on Security and Forensic Applications of Mass Spectrometry
Clearwater Beach, FL

February 16-21, 2015
AAFS Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL

March 8-12, 2015
PittCon, New Orleans, LA

May 4-8, 2015
Final exam week

May 8, 2015


Contact Us

Forensic Science Program
School of Criminal Justice
655 Auditorium Road
Rm 560 Baker Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

E-mail: forsci@msu.edu
Tel: 517-353-7133

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Current Students


Cindy Kaeser is from Woodstock, GA and received a B.S. in Chemistry from University of the Cumberlands in 2010. She is a third-year MS student who is also working toward her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at MSU. Cindy's research interests include the application of mass spectrometry in forensic investigations. Cindy is currently conducting her research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Barb Fallon is  from New Jersey and received her BA in Chemistry and Chemical Biology from Cornell University. In 2014 she completed her MS in Pharmacology and Toxicology at Michigan State, having studied the molecular pathways responsible for cocaine and morphine addiction. In collaboration with Skip and Chris Palenik of Microtrace LLC in IL, her MS in Forensic Science will focus on discriminating between Corchorus capsularis and C. olitorius, the two species most commonly cultivated as jute. She will also explore how often other fiber types are substituted for jute fibers in commercial products such as cordage, sacking, and textiles.
Kristen Reese received a B.A. in Chemistry from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2011. Research for her M.S. degree involves characterizing smokeless powders based on the organic compounds present and using multivariate data analysis procedures to identify similarities and differences among different smokeless powder brands. Kristen is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at MSU.

Fanny Chu received her B.S. degree in Chemistry ar SUNY Binghamton and is currently a second-year graduate student in the Forensic Science Program, as well as a first-year student in the Chemistry Ph.D. program. Fanny's Master's research focuses on methods for the rapid classification and quantification of controlled substances.

Becca Brehe is from Washington, MO and received her B.S. in Chemistry from Central Methodist University. Becca's research focuses on factors that affect evaporation of ignitable liquids and developing a mathematical model to describe the evaporation process.
Alex Anstett is from Wyandotte, MI and received her B.S. in Chemistry from Adrian College in 2014. Alex is in her first year of the forensic science program and her research interests are in the analysis of smokeless powders and controlled substances.
Trevor Curtis received his B.S. in Chemistry from Michigan Technological University in 2013. He is a first-year student in the Program and his research focuses on identifying the composition of tattoo inks using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The goal of the study is to be able to determine if tattoo ink components can be used in the identification of highly decemposed remains.