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
Commencement

 

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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Recent Graduates

Jordyn L. Geiger (2014)
Thesis: Effects of Data Pretreatment on the Multivariate Statistical Analysis of Chemically Complex Samples.
Current Position: Clinical Toxicologist, PSO Laboratories (Lansing, MI)

John W. McIlroy (2014)
Thesis: Effects of Data Pretreatment on the Multivariate Statistical Analysis of Chemically Complex Samples.
Current Position: Forensic Chemist, Drug Enforcement Administration (Dallas, TX)

Christine E. Hay (2013)
Thesis: Elemental Analysis of Gunshot Residue to Differentiate Bullet Type and Firing Distance.
Current Position: PhD candidate, Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)

Seth R. Hogg (2013)
Thesis: Analysis of Lead-Free Ammunition by Scanning Electron Microscopy using Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy and Discrimination of Samples using Principal Components Analysis.
Current Position: Senior Scientist, PepsiCo (Plano, TX).

Emily G. Riddell (2013)
Thesis: Differentiation of Paper Types using Elemental Profiles Generated using Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectroscopy and Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry.
Current Position: Criminalist, New York Police Department

Monica L. Bugeja (2012)
Thesis: Comparison of Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry and Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry for Discrimination of Salvia divinorum and Related Salvia Species using Chemometric Procedures.
Current Position: Forensic Scientist (Toxicology Unit), Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division (Lansing, MI)

Suzanne E. Towner (2012)
Thesis: Investigation of Unsupervised and Supervised Multivariate Statistical Procedures for the Analysis of Fire Debris.
Current Position: Forensic Scientist (Controlled Substances Unit), Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division (Lansing, MI)

Karlie M. McManaman (2012)
Thesis: Effect of Extraction Procedure and Gas Chromatography Temperature Program on Discrimination of MDMA Exhibits.
Current Position: Forensic Scientist (Controlled Substances Unit), Georgia Bureau of Investigation (Atlanta, GA)

Kaitlin Prather (2011)
Thesis: Using Multivariate Statistical Procedures to Identify Ignitable Liquid Residues in the Presence of Interferences.
Current Position: Research Assistant, Aegis Sciences Corporation (Nashville, TN)

Tiffany Van De Mark (2010)
Thesis: Influence of Evaporation and Matrix Interferences on the Association of Ignitable Liquids Using Chemometric Procedures.
Current Position: Forensic Chemist, Drug Enforcement Administration (Largo, MD)

Ruth Udey (2010)
Thesis: Differentiation of Bullet Type Based on Analysis of Gunshot Residue Using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry.
Current Position: Postdoctoral associate, Forensic Science Center, Lawerence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA)

Melissa (Bodnar) Willard (2010)
Thesis: Forensic Analysis of Salvia divinorum and Related Salvia Species Using Chemometric Procedures.
Current Position: PhD Candidate, completing research at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)

Patty (Joiner) Giebink (2009)
Thesis: Optimization of a Microwave-Assisted Extraction (MAE) Procedure for the Extraction of Organic Impurities from Seized MDMA Tablets.
Current Position: Forensic Scientist (Questioned Documents), Speckin Forensic Laboratories (Okemos, MI)

Sarah C. Meisinger (2009)
Thesis: Comparison of Extraction Procedures for the Extraction of Organic Impurities from Seized 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) Tablets.
Current Position: Forensic Scientist (Controlled Substances Unit), Indiana State Police Forensic and Health Sciences Laboratory (Indianapolis, IN)

Jamie M. Baerncopf (2009)
Thesis: Association and Discrimination of Ignitable Liquids from Matrix Interferences using Chemometric Procedures.
Current Position: Fire Debris Analyst, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Laboratory (Walnut Creek, CA)

Lisa M. LaGoo (2008)
Thesis: Persistance of GSR in Decomposing Tissue and Larvae.
Current Position: Scientist, Medtronic (Minneapolis, MN)

Lucas J. Marshall (2008)
Thesis: Association and Discrimination of Diesel Fuels using Chemometric Procedures for Forensic Arson Investigations.
Current Position: Research Scientist, Aegis Laboratories (Nashville, TN)

Jennifer M. Froelich (2008)
Thesis: Development of a Small-Scale Single-Tube Proteomics Approach for the Analysis of Protein Biomarkers from Biological Threat Agents.
Current Position: Research Scientist, Eli Lilly (Indianapolis, IN)

Melissa S. Phillips (2007)
Thesis: Separation and Quantitation of Nitrated Explosives using Thin-Layer Chromatography and Charge-Coupled Device Camera Imaging.
Current Position: Research Chemist, National Institute of Standards and Technology (Washington, DC)

Gwynyth A. Scherperel (2007)
Thesis: Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry for the Detection and Characterization of Smokeless Powders.
Current Position: Forensic Scientist (Toxicology Unit), Washington State Police (Seattle, WA)

Carl I. Newman (2007)
Thesis: Microchip Separations of Alkaloids with UV-Absorbance Spectral Detection.
Current Position: Staff Scientist, Strategic Analysis, Inc. (Washington, DC)

Heather M. Dotzauer (2007)
Thesis: Optimization of Headspace-Solid Phase Microextraction for the Extraction of Organic Impurities in Seized Ecstasy Tablets
Current Position: Chemist I (Bioanalytical Division), Eurofins/AvTech Laboratories, Inc. (Kalamazoo, MI)

Srividhya Kidambi (2007)
Thesis: Analysis of Amphetamine and Methamphetamine by Surface-Enhanced Infrared Spectroscopy.
Current Position: Research Scientist, American Air Liquide (Newark, DE)

Luther S. Schaeffer (2007)
Thesis: Persistance of Gunshot Residue on Decomposing Tissue.
Current Position: Trace Chemist, Nova Research, Inc. (Atlantic City, NJ)

Agnieszka N. Steiner (2007)
Thesis: Performance of the Reflected Ultraviolet Imaging System (RUVIS) in Visualizing Latent Fingerprints on Various Nonporous and Semiporous Surfaces.
Current Position:

Elizabeth A. McGaw (2007)
Thesis: Determination of Trace Elemental Concentrations in Document Papers for Forensic Comparison using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Adrian College (Adrian, MI)

Kelly Greenough (2007)
Thesis: Forensic Comparison of Cosmetic Face Powders.
Current Position: Forensic Scientist, Oregon State Police

Audrey N. Martin (2007)
Thesis: Application of Single Particle Aerosol Mass Spectrometry for the Detection and Identification of High Explosives and Chemical Warfare Agents.
Current Position: Research Scientist, Forensic Science Center, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA)