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Marshall forensics students excel in national test

Jul. 23, 2013 @ 08:11 AM

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Eleven forensic science graduate students from Marshall University scored among the top 25 nationally on a recent test.

In addition, a student from Marshall’s Forensic Science Graduate Program received the highest score from among 179 students from 15 other forensic science programs that participated in the test.

The American Board of Criminalistics administers the exam each year to students in their last semester of an academic forensic science program. It covers topics like forensic biology, trace analysis, latent prints and controlled substances.

Recent college graduates may use the test results to demonstrate their readiness for jobs in forensics. Program director Terry Fenger says the test also is useful for assessing the program’s strengths and demonstrating to prospective students and the public its ability to meet national standards.

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