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Partners and Donors

Through the generosity of accomplished entrepreneur and philanthropist Ming Hsieh the department has an endowment that supports two name professorships and has five year faculty development fund. This commitment by Hsieh allows us to attract and retain our high-quality faculty.

A recent gift by the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation has allowed us to award the first department-based scholarships to four meritorious juniors and seniors. 

Applied Biosystems provided a generous financial incentive to upgrade the instrumentation and associated software in the department’s DNA laboratory. As a result, our students have unprecedented access to cutting-edge technology and global DNA profiling capabilities.

Through a gift by Cogents Systems, now 3M Cogent, our students have a computer laboratory that provides access to AFIS and IBIS systems, contemporary biometric identification systems used nationally.

The department has had a collaborative partnership with Nikon, Inc. through the Nikon Locker program. Students used the latest Nikon DSLR cameras and lenses throughout their course work, thus developing a comprehensive forensic photography skill set.