Do Forensic Science Graduate Programs Fulfill the Needs of the Forensic Science Community?

    Volume 33, Issue 4 (July 1988)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 7


    Selavka, CM
    Coordinator of Educational Services in Forensic Science and graduate student/completed degree requirements for Ph.D. in Forensic Chemistry, College of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

    Higgins, KM
    Coordinator of Educational Services in Forensic Science and graduate student/completed degree requirements for Ph.D. in Forensic Chemistry, College of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

    (Received 17 February 1987; accepted 6 October 1987)

    Abstract

    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.


    Paper ID: JFS12524J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12524J

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    Title Do Forensic Science Graduate Programs Fulfill the Needs of the Forensic Science Community?
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