Announcements & News

May 2003

MUFSC Graduate Reception Honors Faculty

The Marshall University Forensic Science Program celebrated the graduation of its 100th Master’s degreed student and honored faculty instrumental to program development during a reception May 9, 2003, for its graduating students. The reception at the Erickson Alumni Center honored graduating students and their professors, who volunteered their time and energies from the beginning of program development in 1995 to present.

Faculty honorees included Herbert Tesser, Ph.D., Gary O. Rankin, Ph.D., Monica A. Valentovic, Ph.D., Vernon E. Reichenbecher, Jr., Ph.D., Thomas C. Rushton, M.D., Ruu-tong Wang, Ph.D., and James B. Becker, M.D. Graduates who achieved academic excellence also were honored at the reception. Ryanne Fry, Joshua Stewart, Amanda Casto and Erin Fetzer achieved 4.0 GPAs and excellence on comprehensive exams.

The graduation of the Forensic Science Academic Program’s seventh class brings the number of graduates to 101. Since the academic program began eight years ago with a focus on DNA testing and drug analysis, it has evolved into a multi-disciplinary program. Classroom training in high-tech laboratories and summer internships at the FSC provide a unique opportunity for students through gaining experience crucial to their ability to perform as forensic scientists. Also, the addition of the distance learning laboratory and classroom in the FSC facilitated training for criminalists in West Virginia and other states, including Alabama and Ohio.

Alumni of the Forensic Science Program have found careers in various areas of forensic science. Twenty-five graduates are employed in high-tech jobs in West Virginia, including five at the CODIS Laboratories at the MU Forensic Science Center. Three alumni are employed by Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), three are at the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and one works for the Secret Service. Other alumni are employed by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, and the Drug Enforcement Agency. International alumni of the master’s level academic program are from Romania, Iceland and Canada.