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Graduate Student Success Summary

The Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute at Syracuse University has six master's degree programs: the Master of Science in Forensic Science (MSFS) Advanced Track, the Master of Science in Forensic Science (MSFS) General Track, the Master of Science in Medicolegal Death Investigation (MSMDI), the Master of Science in Biomedical Forensic Science (MSBFS), the Master of Science in Digital Forensics (MSDF), and the joint Juris Doctorate/Master of Forensic Science (JDMS), which is a dual program offered in conjunction with the law school.

The Master of Science in Forensic Science (MSFS) was established in 2009. In 2019, the Advanced Track became one of 22 fully accredited MSFS programs by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). This accreditation ensures that the program meets a rigorous set of standards including faculty qualifications, curriculum content, hands-on laboratories and internships, and quality forensic science research.

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Since the onset of the FEPAC accreditation, the Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute has enrolled 82 outstanding students into our programs. Of these, 38% of those students enrolled in the Master of Forensic Science Advanced Track and 32% of students enrolled in the General Track. The remaining 30% of students enrolled in the Master of Medicolegal Death Investigation program (15%), the Master of Biomedical Forensic Science program (12%), and 3% of students enrolled in either the Juris Doctorate/Master of Forensic Science program or in a Certificate of Advanced Study.

Since 2019, 93% of our responding graduates from all master's degree programs have reported having either secured employment (84%) or enrolled in a terminal degree program (9%) within 6 months of graduation. For graduates from the Master of Science in Forensic Science Advanced Track, 100% of graduates have reported either secured employment (88%) or enrolled in a terminal degree program (12%) within 6 months of graduation.

The Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute’s Master of Science degree programs at Syracuse University focus on the professional and academic development of our students. Our mission is to (1) educate and prepare the next generation of highly qualified forensic practitioners, (2) perform innovative scientific research to develop and support emerging forensic science technologies and (3) collaborate with practitioners in government, private industry, and academia to promote and advance the fields of forensic science and national security.

Below are several collaborative achievements which exhibit the success of our students within the forensic science community, both through research projects and internships.

Graduate Internships (2019-present)

  • Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • Michigan State Police Laboratories
  • San Diego Police Department Crime Laboratory
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs-Syracuse, NY
  • Indiana State Police
  • Metro Nashville Police Department
  • Syracuse University Department of Public Safety
  • Weill Cornell Medicine
  • US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS/ICE/OPLA)
  • Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC)
  • Dewitt Police Department
  • Jackson County Medical Examiner Office
  • Onondaga County Center for Forensic Science-Forensic Laboratories
  • Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
  • Livingston County Probation Department
  • Utica Police Department Crime Scene Investigation Unit
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Honors Internship
  • Hennepin County Crime Lab
  • New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
  • Palm Beach County Medical Examiner's Office
  • United States Attorney's Office
  • Onondaga County Center for Forensic Science Toxicology Laboratory
  • Yellow Tulip Project
  • New Jersey State Police

Graduate Research Projects MSFS Advanced Track (2019-present)

2019

  • Examining Validity, Reproducibility and Sensitivity of the Quantification of 11-Nor-9-Carboxy-𝚫𝟗-Tetrahydrocannabinol in Urinary Samples via GC-MS with Various Extraction Methods
  • Quantification of Creatinine in Urine Samples
  • The Detection of 11-nor-9-carboxy-Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol in Urine using Various Extraction Methods and Investigating its Reproducibility, Sensitivity, and Validity through GC-MS
  • Spatial Analysis of Global Black Spots: Working Toward the Construction of a Predictive Model
  • Machine Learning for Compound Classification of Drugs of Abuse
  • Visualization and Quantification of Epithelial Cells on Ammunition
  • Kratom: Extraction and Quantitation Methods of Mittragynine in Urine Samples
  • Single Cell Analysis Using the DEPArrayTM NxT System: Implications for Forensic DNA Mixture Deconvolution

2020

  • DNA Sequence Analysis in Forensic Science: A case for motif-specific stutter modeling
  • An initial investigation of secondary transfer and predicting DNA mass
  • Environmental Effects on the Corrosion Rates of Fired Ammunition Components
  • Extraction of Mitragynine in Synthetic Urine by Three Solid Phase Extraction Columns
  • Detection of Carboxy-THC in Oral Fluid by SLE+ and GCMS
  • Molecularly Imprinted Polymers on Quartz Crystal Microbalance for Viral and Bacterial Detection
  • Bacterial Spore Differentiation using DEPArray™ NXT Individual Cell Assortment: Proof of Concept
  • Quantitation of DNA Present on Shotgun Shells
  • Amplicon Panel Development for Identification of Decomposition Sites
  • Reinforcement of The Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiner's Theory of Identification through the Analysis of tool faces

2021

  • Sex-based targeted recovery of cells in a heterogeneous mixture: selective labeling of male and female like-cells using a Y-chromosome specific probe
  • Testing the Effect Wind Conditions have on the Accuracy of Impact Angles and Point of Origin Determinations in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  • Attribution database: genomic plant database for forensic attribution
  • Molecularly imprinted polymer-based biosensors for the detection of viruses
  • Comparison of mRNA profiles of native Bacillus subtilis versus laboratory grown cultures
  • Machine learning in forensic toxicology: Classification of chemical compounds
  • Sleep, Emotion Regulation, and Conduct Problems: A Feasibility and Pilot Study with Adolescents

2022

  • Sequencing and Classification of Microbial Species for PMI Estimation
  • DNA Crime Scene Contamination Via Talking and Breathing
  • Postmortem Changes in Human Teeth: A Simulated Incineration Study of Tooth Exposure to Fire
  • Sex-Based Targeted Recovery of Cells in a Heterogeneous Mixture: Separating Male and Female Like-Cells
  • Recommendations for a Best Practices Model to Prevent DNA Contamination via Talking and Breathing at Crime Scenes
  • An Analytical Approach to Distinguish Human from Faunal Skeletal Remains
  • A Survey on Forensic Anthropology Education and Work
  • Differentiation of Positional Isomers of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS)
  • Study of Untraceable Firearms
  • Optimizing Separation of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Mixed Samples Through Chemical and Enzymatic Treatments
  • Novel DEPArrayTM Application for Bacterial Spore Differentiation in Environmental Samples
  • Parental Mentalization and Discipline Strategy Among Veteran Parents
  • Determination of the Mechanism of Sex Reversal in Chickens after Soos Treatment
  • Color Perception and its Ability to Influence Eyewitness Recall
  • Rapid Identification of Semen using STK™ Sperm Tracker Spray

2023

  • Recovering Latent Prints from Medical Masks
  • Whole Genome Amplification of a Single Cell
  • An Assessment of the Risks of Contamination Associated with the Use and Handling of Gloves During DNA Testing
  • Differentiation of Bacterial Spores in Environmental Samples Using DEPArray™ Technology
  • Evaluating Manufacturing Marks and Resizing Die Marks using Lapua 223 Remington and Starline 9mm Cartridges Cases and Small Batch Manufactured Resizing Dies
  • Increased Accuracy and Precision in the Detection of Human Semen Stains on Clothing Fabrics using the STK™ Sperm Tracker STK Lab
  • Utilization of Yarrowia Lipolytica for Geographical Attribution
  • Best Practices: Culturing, Counting, and Extracting Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. kurstaki as a Microbial Control
  • Increasing the Precision and Accuracy of the Detection of Semen Stains on Household and Vehicle Fabrics Using STK™ Sperm Tracker Lab
  • Increasing the Sensitivity of a Quartz Crystal Microbalance Sensor with Holographic Gratings
  • Characterizing Stutter in Single Cells: Towards a Better Understanding of Slipped-Strand Mispairing

Graduate Research Projects MSFS General Track, MSBFS

  • Machine Learning to Determine Latent Fingerprint Age
  • Effects of Acute Drug Intoxication on the Rate of Indoor Decomposition
  • Phylogenetic-Based Differential Extraction: A First Step to Leverage Universal DNA Profiles
  • The Impact of terrorism on Border Security in the EU: case of the Islamic State
  • Risk & Opportunities in Forensic Science Decision Making
  • Photogrammetry and 3D Scanning Technologies in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  • Reanalysis of Literature in Forensic Interpretation of Bloodstains on Fabrics
  • Optimization of the Forensic Application of DEPArray NxT
  • CSI effect: Does frequency of watching crime scene shows influence an individual’s portrayal of a crime scene investigator
  • Psychopathy in Children
  • Child Death Review Teams: Adding a Disability Studies Professional
  • DNA Transfer During the Laundry Process
  • Quality of Secondary Transfer of Latent Prints Between Surfaces Under Various Conditions
  • Techniques for the Detection of Pyrotechnic Residues in the United States of America

Graduate Employment

Position Agency/Company
Chemist Federal Bureau of Investigation
Forensic DNA Analyst North Dakota State Forensics Laboratory
Latent Print Examiner Houston Forensic Science Center
Forensic Scientist Las Vegas Police Department's Forensic Laboratory
Crime Scene Technician Manatee County Sheriff's Office
DNA Analyst Minnesota Bureau of Investigation
Analyst Collier County Sheriff's Office
Forensic Biologist Defense Forensic Science Center
Deputy Public Defender State of Colorado
Medicolegal Death Investigator Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office
Firearms Examiner United States Army
Forensic Autopsy Technician Medical Examiner’s Office Washington DC
Medicolegal Death Investigator Duchess County
Forensic DNA Analyst North Carolina State Crime Laboratory
Peace Officer and Commander Department of Public Safety (DPS) at Syracuse University
Research Fellow Defense Forensic Science Center (GA)
Investigator Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office
Assistant Forensic Investigator Oneida County (NY)
Forensic Investigator Harris County Institute of Forensic Science
Medicolegal Death Investigator Dane County Medical Examiner's Office
Analytical Associate IV Gene Therapy Program, University of Pennsylvania
Firearms Examiner South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
Molecular Biologist Advanced Testing Laboratory and Medical Scribe at Wilson Health
Forensic Scientist North Carolina State Crime Laboratory
Toxicology Medical Technologist Quest Diagnostics
Scientist Firearms and Toolmarks - Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office
Firearms Examiner Houston Police Department
Forensic Scientist Nassau County Medical Examiner’s Office
Criminalist NYPD Police Laboratory
Criminalist Concord Police Department (CA)
Firearms Examiner Milwaukee Police Department
Forensic Scientist ACM Global Central Laboratory (NY)
Community Outreach Coordinator U.S. Attorney’s Office, California
Firearms Examiner Australia
Training Coordinator USAF
Lab/NIBIN Technician Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms
Human Rights Officer New York State (NYS) Division of Human Rights
Attorney City of Chicago
Technician Icon Pharmaceuticals
Research Associate/Microbiologist Advanced Botanical Consulting
Quality Control American Maid
Forensic Scientist New York State Police
Initial Screening Technologist (Forensic Toxicology) Laboratory Corporation of America
Crime Scene Technician Waterbury Police Department
Quality Assurance Analyst Anheuser Busch
Analyst Evans Analytical Group
Forensic Biologist/DNA Analyst NYC Chief Medical Examiner's Office
Assistant Director at ACR Health Syracuse
Firearms Examiner State of Wyoming
Latent Print Examiner State of Ohio
Autopsy Technician Galveston County Medical Examiner Office
Forensic Lab Technician Kern Regional Crime Laboratory
Medical Examiner's Assistant Office of the Chief Medical Examiner- Boston
Technical Processing Assistant Lab Alliance of Central New York
Latent Print Examiner Worcester Police Department
Criminalist Long Beach Police Department Forensic Science Division
DNA Analyst Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences
Mission Operations Commander U.S. Air Force (USAF)- Beale Air Force Base
Tissue collection MTF Biologics
Medicolegal Death Investigator City of Knoxville (TN)
Forensic Specialist Branded Camp Services Inc.
Medicolegal Death Investigator Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office
Criminalist Latent Prints- Iowa DCI Crime Lab
Latent Print Examiner Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences
Assistant Professor Madonna University Forensic Science Program
Toxicologist Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office
Professor of Forensic Science Alfred State University
Forensic Scientist(DNA and Serology) Texas Department of Public Safety
Technician Connecticut State Forensics Laboratory
Firearms Examiner State of Virginia
Forensic Chemist U.S. Customs Border Protection Laboratories and Scientific Services SW Regional Center
Latent Print Examiner Atlanta Police Department (GA)
SGS-CRS/RSTS Chemist State of New Jersey
Intelligence Analyst Colorado Division of Homeland Security
Crime Scene Analyst I Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (NV)
Medical Legal Death Investigator City of Minneapolis (MN)
High School Chemistry Teacher Brazil
Laboratory Scientist Total Lab Solutions
DNA Technician Sorenson Forensics
DNA Analyst Erie County Forensic Laboratory (PA)
Medicolegal Death Investigator Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office (AZ)
Research Associate II 10X Genomics
Coordinator Anne Arundel County Police Department
Law Clerk Los Angeles District Attorney's Office (CA)
Assistant District Attorney Onondaga County (NY)
Assistant Prosecutor Essex County Prosecutor's Office (NJ)
Sheriff’s Deputy Madison County
Research Technician Upstate Medical University
Emergency Medical Technician Rural/Metro Corporation
Medicolegal Death Investigator Franklin County Coroner's Office
Public Defender Defender Association of Philadelphia (PA)
Criminal ID Technician Burlington Police Department
Lab Technician/Manager Millersville University
Forensic Science Teacher Syracuse School District
Medicolegal Death Investigator Monroe County Medical Examiner
Chemist U.S. Department of Justice
Forensic Chemist Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene
Medical Technologist Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Law Clerk Nixon Peabody LLP
Law Clerk Oswego County District Attorney's Office (NY)
Medicolegal Death Investigator Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office
Investigator NYC Department of Corrections
Surgical Tech Upstate Medical Hospital
Second Lieutenant Army National Guard
Chemist Federal Bureau of Investigation
Associate- Global Investigations + Strategic Intelligence Berkeley Research Group LLC
Criminalist (DNA Unit) Crime Laboratory at Tucson Police Department (AZ)
Clinical Systems Analyst Elligo Health Research
Laboratory Technician HealthQuest Esoterics
Quality Assurance Auditor PPD Laboratories VSD Labs
Eye and Tissue Recovery Team Leader ConnectLife Syracuse
Judicial Law Clerk Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court
Customer Success Manager NYC DOC at American Prison Data Systems
Inspector at Criminal Record Division Royal Thai Police
Research Assistant Cold Case Justice Initiative
Forensic Scientist County of Ventura (CA)
Clinical Research Coordinator Meridian Clinical Research
Information Aide Investigations Bureau at Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office
Forensic Toxicologist Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, Cleveland (OH)
Forensic Scientist (DNA) Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory Division
Course Instructor Harvard University for Medicine and Healthcare
Crime Scene Technician South Fulton Police Department (GA)
Production Scientist Biovision Inc.
Deputy Medical Examiner Ulster County Department of Health (NY)
DNA Analyst North Carolina State Crime Lab
Assistant Director Myanmar Police Force- Naypyitaw
Molecular Technologist Quadrant Biosciences Inc
Product and Application Service Specialist Northwell Health
Medicolegal Death Investigator Office of Chief Medical Examiner (VA)
Crime Scene Specialist Albuquerque Police Department
Laboratory Technician Highpower Validation Testing & Lab Services
Molecular Biologist Advanced Testing Laboratory and Medical Scribe- Wilson Health
Medicolegal Death Investigator Cook County Medical Examiner
Associate Scientist Bristol Myers Squibb
Coroner Investigator Ottawa County (OH)
Medicolegal Death Investigator Jefferson County Medical Examiner
Toxicology Technician Harris County Medical Examiner's Office (TX)
Adjunct Instructor Lackawanna College
Health Care Manager Salvation Army
Chemistry/Forensic Science Teacher Jamesville Dewitt High School
Intelligence Analyst Kings County District Attorney’s Office (WA)
Deputy Medical Examiner Ulster County Department of Health
Medical Investigator Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office
Medical Examiner Assistant Office of Chief Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Forensic Scientist Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences (NY)
Senior Leader New York Army National Guard
Forensic Scientist Niagara County Sheriff’s Department Forensic Laboratory (NY)
Medical Examiner Investigator Hennepin County (MN)
Death Investigator Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office (NY)
Medicolegal Death Investigator Pinal County Medical Examiner
Laboratory Technician New York State Police Crime Laboratory
DNA Analyst Czech Republic- Forenzni DNA Servis
Tutor University of Florida
Operating room Scheduler Upstate Medical University
Emergency Medical Technician MyMichigan Health
Attorney New York State Supreme Court- Appellate Division
Crime Scene Investigator Flagler County Sheriff’s Office
Control Center Specialist Rapid Response Monitoring
Death Investigator Regional Medical Examiner's Office in New Jersey
Planner Center for Court Innovation
Director of Operations CyberSquire
Science Teacher Central Square High School
Assistant Quality Control Scientist Bristol Myers Squibb
Chemistry Teacher Westhill Central School District
Substance Abuse Counselor Conifer Park
Science Teacher DeRuyter Central High School