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Graduate Student Achievement

The graduate degrees in our Master of Science and Doctorate program are focused on research for the professional and academic development of our students. Below are several achievements which exhibit the success of our students within the forensic community.


Graduate Student Research

During 2017, eight graduate students completed their Master of Science degree in Forensic and Investigative Science. Our graduates completed the following projects as part of the degree requirements:

Ashley Cochran - The analysis of the fatty acid content of fingerprint residues using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS)

Tyler Davidson - The analysis of 2,5-Dimethoxy-N-(N-methoxybenzyl) phenethylamine (NBOMe) isomers using traditional and fast gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS)

James Hamilton – Effect of chamber pressure on the quality of breech face and firing pin impressions

Shreya Kamath – AFIS based likelihood ratios for latent fingerprint comparisons

Korina Menking-Hoggatt - The economic benefits of portable instrumentation on the criminal justice system: a comprehensive return-on-investment analysis

Alyshia Meyers – The assessment of fingerprint quality for a more effective match score in minutiae-based matching performers

Jamie Spaulding – Evidence utility in forensic intelligence models

Samuel Yatzkan – Detection and persistence of gunshot residue (GSR) on facial features using SEM/EDX

Congratulations to these graduates for their achievements.


Graduate Student Publications

During 2017, the following publications were written by graduate students to disseminate the findings of their research projects:

E.F. Law, K.B. Morris, and C.M. Jelsema, Determining the number of test fires needed to represent the variability present within 9 mm Luger firearms, Forensic Science International 276 (2017) 126-133.

J.N. Kirk, E.F. Law, and K.B. Morris, Estimation of changes in breech face and firing pin marks over consecutive discharges and its impact on an IBIS Heritage System, Forensic Science International 278 (2017) 47-51.

K.B. Morris, E.F. Law, R.L. Jefferys, E. Dearth, and E. Fabyanic, An evaluation of an Integrated Ballistics Identification System® Heritage™ System with the NIST Standard Cartridge Case (Standard Reference Material® 2461), Forensic Science International 280 (2017) 188-193.

T. Trejos, C. Vander Pyl, K. Menking-Hoggatt, AL Alvarado, L. Arroyo. Fast Identification of Inorganic and Organic Gunshot Residues by LIBS and Electrochemical Methods, Forensic Chemistry, Elsevier, 2018, 8, 146-156.

H.L. Birks, A.R. Cochran, T.J. Williams, G.P. Jackson, The Surprising Effect of Temperature on the Weathering of Gasoline, Forens. Chem., 2017, 4, 32-40.

J.T. Davidson, B.J. Lum, G. Nano, G.P. Jackson, “Comparison of Measured and Recommended Acceptance Criteria for the Analysis of Seized Drugs using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS)” Forens. Chem., 2018, In Press.

M.K. Santos, E. Gleco, J.T. Davidson, D.B.J. Neves, G.P. Jackson, R.P. Limberger, L.E. Arroyo, “DART-MS/MS screening for the determination of 1,3-Dimethylamylamine (DMAA) and undeclared stimulants in seized dietary supplements from Brazil” Forens. Chem. 2018, 8, 134-145.

Graduate Student Presentations

Our graduate students also gave several presentations at national and regional conferences to share their research topics and findings:

A. Cochran, G.P. Jackson, "The Analysis of the Fatty Acid Content of Fingerprint Residues Using Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS)". 69th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, New Orleans, LA, USA. Feb 2017. (Poster presentation)

A. Brake, M. Prusinowski, T. Trejos. "Assessment of the validity of duct tape end matches in forensic comparisons". Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium. Morgantown, WV, USA. July 2017. (Poster presentation)

G.P. Jackson, K. Menking-Hoggatt, T. Krivenki. "On-Site GC/MS Analysis of Drugs: Reasoning, Reliability and Return on Investment". SciX Conference. Reno, NV, USA. Oct 2017. (Oral presentation)

G.P. Jackson, K. Menking-Hoggatt, T. Krivenki. "Portable Forensic Mass Spectrometry". Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy. Chicago, IL, USA. Apr 2017. (Oral presentation)

H. Santos, T. Davidson, J. Cox, G.P. Jackson, W. Romao, L. Arroyo. "Potential applications to new psychoactive substances identification in oral fluid and Damiana leaf (Turnera diffusa) by DART-MS/MS and LC-MS/MS". 66th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics. San Diego, CA, USA. June 3-7,2018. (Poster presentation)

M.K. dos Santos, E. Gleco, J. Cox, G.P. Jackson, R. Limberger, and L. Arroyo. "Screening and Confirmation of Stimulants Drugs in Seized Dietary Supplements by DART-MS and Liquid Chromatography Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry (LC-QQQ-MS)". 46th Annual Meeting Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientist (MASF/SAFS/ASTEE Combined Meeting. Cincinnati, OH, USA. September 18-22,2017. (Poster presentation)

R. Jefferys, K.B. Morris. "Determining the angle of impact from the analysis of bullets following perforation of glass". 69th AAFS Meeting. New Orleans, LA, USA. February 2017. (Poster presentation)

S. Kamath, K.B. Morris. "Automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS)-based likelihood ratios for latent fingerprint comparisons". 69th AAFS Meeting. New Orleans, LA, USA. February 2017. (Poster presentation)

T. Trejos, K. Menking-Hoggatt, L. Arroyo, M. Prusinowski, A. Brake. "Evaluation of performance rates in the determination of duct tape fracture matches". 46th Annual Meeting Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientist (MASF/SAFS/ASTEE Combined Meeting. Cincinnati, OH, USA. September 18-22,2017. (Invited oral presentation & Poster presentation)

T. Trejos, K. Menking-Hoggatt, and L. Arroyo. "Fast identification of firearm discharge residues by laser-based spectrochemical methods and electrochemical sensors". 46th Annual Meeting Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientist (MASF/SAFS/ASTEE Combined Meeting. Cincinnati, OH, USA. September 18-22,2017. (Invited oral presentation & Poster presentation)

T. Trejos, K. Menking-Hoggatt, and L. Arroyo. "Analysis of Gunshot Residues by laser based spectrochemical methods and electrochemical sensors". 46th Annual Meeting Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientist (MASF/SAFS/ASTEE Combined Meeting. Cincinnati, OH, USA. September 18-22,2017. (Invited oral presentation & Poster presentation)