Volume 33, Issue 4 (July 1988)
Do Forensic Science Graduate Programs Fulfill the Needs of the Forensic Science Community?
This research project was designed to address a number of issues which were felt to be vital to the construction of a meaningful graduate program in forensic chemistry. The purpose of the project was threefold: (1) to determine the current status of the graduate forensic science educational service in the United States; (2) to determine the effectiveness of forensic science graduate programs in providing new employees having appropriate skills and educational background; and (3) to assess the roles of local, state, national, and academic laboratories in forensic science research. The results indicate that graduate degree programs are generally well-focused, but that many managers do not require such training background for applicants. It was also found that, in the perception of forensic science practitioners, forensic science research should be performed in all settings including the practicing labs and academic and Federal research labs, but that funding and release time should be increased to allow for greater efforts and better research.