Student performance

Graduate Student Research Program – Peer-reviewed publications and Presentations

Research projects completed as a part of the VCU Department of Forensic Science graduate research program have been successful in providing faculty, professionals, and students with opportunities to contribute to the knowledge base of forensic science.  Student research performed as a part of this program has led to development of standard operating procedures for operational laboratories, presentations at local, regional, and national meetings, and peer-reviewed journal publications.  Since 2005, student research has led to more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and more than 100 platform talks or poster presentations. 

Performance archives

Graduate student and faculty publications and presentations can be found below. These lists are provided by academic year.

2015-2016

2014-2015 

2013-2014
2012-2013
2011-2012
2010-2011
2009-2010
2008-2009
2007-2008
2006-2007
2005-2006

Research from this program is regularly presented at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists (MAAFS), the Promega International Symposia on Human Identification, and Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT).  Recent manuscripts from this research program have been published in journals including:  the Journal of Forensic Science, the Journal of Forensic Identification, the Journal of Analytical Toxicology, Diagnostic Molecular Pathology, American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology, and Forensic Science International.

Class of 2016   Graduate Placement Statistics

12 months after graduation

 
Class of 2016 (n=22)
%
Employed F/T Analytical Lab
4
18
Employed Forensic Lab F/T
11
50
 Employed Using MSFS
19
86
Pursuing Advanced Grad Degree
4
18
Not employed
1
4.5
Unknown 2 9

 

Employment setting

 
Class of 2016 (n=15)
%
Federal Lab  
3
20
State/Regional Lab  
6
40
Local/County Lab  
3
20
Private Lab
3
20

 

% EMPLOYED WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF GRADUATION = 88%

AVERAGE TIME TO EMPLOYMENT = 95 DAYS FROM GRADUATION

 

Employment location

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