Graduate Student Awarded Notable Research Grant

Ms. Nobel is a second year M.S. student working with Dr. Jacqueline Speir. Madonna came from Malaysia to study and earn her B.S. in Forensic and Investigative Science at WVU. Afterwards, she decided to continue for her M.S. degree. According to Dr. Speir, “Madonna expressed initiative regarding her research objectives very early on in her graduate career.” Jacqueline went on to say that Madonna “used her thesis project as a means to learn completely new scientific concepts, as opposed to selecting a project built off of any pre-existing knowledge…and that this enthusiasm and aptitude, combined with a meaningful research question, was reflected in her grant proposal.”

2016—Did You Know?

The demographics of the incoming class of 117 students are: 97 first-year students (77% are non-residents) coming from 20 states other than West Virginia; 22 of the first-year students are also first-generation students. The other twenty students are transfers to the department, including three from foreign countries. It is interesting to note that 75% are female, representing a trend observed over the past several years.

Meet the New Hires

Two new forensic chemists have recently joined the faculty, giving us six faculty with forensic chemistry backgrounds and thus an especially strong concentration of faculty expertise.