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Michigan State University has long been recognized as a premier institution for research and education in forensic science, and is home to a number of excellent resources for the study of forensic science. The School of Criminal Justice maintains modern laboratory facilities containing equipment and instrumentation for the analysis of virtually any type of physical evidence, from chromatography equipment for drugs, explosives, and arson evidence, to microscopy techniques for trace evidence analysis, to genetic analyzers for the analysis of DNA. The Forensic Science Masters program at Michigan State University is designed to give students a broad theoretical and practical background in the scientific, legal, and investigative aspects of forensic science while providing the opportunity to study one of the major disciplines in depth.

A Brief Overview of the Forensic Sciences at MSU



American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting

Several Forensic Science Masters students and alumni presented papers and posters at the 69th Annual American Academy of Forensic Science in New Orleans, Louisiana. Congratulations on a successful conference!

The Development of a Characterization Scheme for Emerging Synthetic Phenethylamines
Alexandria Anstett, BS*; David Alonso, PhD; A. Daniel Jones, PhD;  Ruth Waddell Smith, PhD (Poster)

The Recovery of Mitochondrial and Nuclear Touch DNA From Spent Cartridge Casings
Emily R. Heinz, BS*; David R. Foran, PhD

The Short-Term Effects of Surface and Subsurface Burial on DNA From Human Skeletal Remains Brianna B. Bermudez, BS*; David R. Foran, PhD

Storage Conditions and Time Alter the Association of Known and Questioned Soil Evidence Derived Via Next Generation Bacterial DNA Profiles
Alyssa J. Badgley, MS*; David R. Foran, PhD

*Presenting author



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