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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Our Program

The Forensic Chemistry concentration is co-ordinated by Dr. Ruth Smith who is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice. Dr Smith graduated from the University of Strathclyde (Scotland) in 2003 with a Ph.D. in Forensic and Analytical Chemistry. After spending two years as a postdoc at Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, NM), she arrived at MSU in Fall 2005.  

The MS in Forensic Science with a concentration in Forensic Chemistry is a two-year degree that is research intensive. All students must complete 38 credits for graduation, 20 of which are from required classes. More information on required courses can be found here. The remaining credits are made up from research credits, internship credits (where applicable), and electives. Typically, the first year of the degree is spent completing classes and beginning research while the second year focuses on research. All students are required to write and defend a research thesis prior to graduation.

All students are encouraged to attend the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Meeting each February and the Program offers financial support to cover travel and registration costs. Our second-year students typically present their research at this meeting, either as a poster or oral presentation. Students also have opportunities to attend other conferences including the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists Fall Meeting, as well as analytical chemistry conferences such as the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) Annual Meeting, American Chemical Society Meetings, and the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) Annual Meeting (now called SCIX).

 At MSU, students may also enroll in the Ph.D. Chemistry program as well as the MS Forensic Science Program. Those enrolled in both programs can share credits between the two degrees and are required to defend both an MS thesis and a PhD dissertation. 

As of Spring 2015, the Forensic Chemistry group consists of 4 MS students and 3 Masters/PhD students. Biographies of our current students can be found here while information on recent graduates of the program can be found here.