Department News

2022 JFS Noteworthy Article

One of our research groups had their Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) article, “Comparison of portable and benchtop electrochemical instruments for detection of inorganic and organic gunshot residues in authentic shooter samples,” chosen by the JFS Associate Editors and Editor-in-Chief as a 2022 JFS Noteworthy Article. This article will be displayed at the AAFS 2023 Annual Scientific Conference. You can find this announcement here

Alumni Spotlight

Student Research Winner - Alyssa Smale

Congratulations to Alyssa Smale for winning the Best Oral Presentation for graduate students in the Peter R. De Forest Student Research Competition at the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists annual meeting. 

George H. Robinson Scholarship - Claire Dolton

Congratulations to Claire Dolton, an FIS undergraduate student previously working in the Speir Research Group, for receiving the George H. Robinson Scholarship!

Recognition from the Forensic Science Foundation, Inc. - Swathi Murali

Congratulations to Swathi Murali, an FIS graduate student in the Speir Research Group, for being recognized by the Forensic Science Foundation.  Swathi's research proposal, Hyperspectral Imaging of Physiological Fluids at Crime Scenes, has been selected for funding by the Forensic Sciences Foundation Lucas Research Grant Program!

Welcome to all new FIS students

The Forensic and Investigative Science department welcomed 241 first-time freshmen and 8 new graduate students this fall. The faculty and staff would like to welcome our new students and wish them all the best!

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) visits the FIS Department

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today met with students and faculty of West Virginia University’s (WVU) Department of Forensic and Investigative Science. During the visit, Senator Capito received an overview of the program, and learned more about the university’s plans to use recent funding through a Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) request she secured to support the purchase of new equipment. Click here to watch a video recap of Senator Capito’s visit.

“WVU’s continued recognition as an R-1 institution reinforces that the work happening in Morgantown is on par with any higher education institution in the nation, and the Department of Forensics and Investigative Sciences is no exception,” Senator Capito said. “Leaders at WVU stressed the importance of updated equipment to me, and I’m proud to use my role in the U.S. Senate to help deliver the resources needed to enhance this critical program, which has the potential to lead to breakthroughs that will save lives and curb crime.”

Earlier in the day, Senator Capito joined MetroNews Talkline Host, Hoppy Kercheval and WVU’s Dr. Ali Rezai for a MetroNews Talkline special on Alzheimer’s disease. Click here for a full recap on that extended interview.

Recognition of Deserving Students

Three FIS Graduate Students Awarded Scholarships from the International Association for Identification

A Curious Case of Print Persistence

National Institute of Justice Forensic Technology Center of Excellence