Thumbs up: Success of forensic science program reflects well on MU
While Marshall University football fans are dreaming about a season that could put the school back in the national spotlight, there's another Marshall program that's already there.
Marshall's Forensic Science Graduate Program announced this week that the combined scores of its students taking the most recent Forensic Science Assessment Test ranked at the top of the 16 participating programs.
In case you think that result is a fluke, don't. The showing marked the fifth time in the eight years since the program's students began taking the test that their scores earned them the No. 1 ranking.
Results of the test, administered by the American Board of Criminalists, is a way for students and the programs they represent to test their knowledge and performance in all aspects of forensic science and see how they rank among their peers across the country. While not all of the fully accredited graduate programs in the country (there are about 20) participated, a large segment of them did. That means Marshall's program was up against many of the best in the nation.
In this year's test, among 202 students taking it overall, the individual rankings of Marshall students were 1, 2, 4, 7, 9 and 26. The program scored well across various disciplines, ranking first in controlled substances, trace analysis, toxicology, latent prints and firearms, second in forensic biology and fire debris and third in questioned documents.
Observers involved in the ranking of forensic science programs give Marshall's graduate program high marks for allowing students the opportunity to work with a federal DNA lab's forensic scientists and having small class sizes and strong courses. Its success only enhances the university's reputation.
Congratulations to program director Dr. Terry W. Fenger, program coordinator Dr. Pamela Staton and, above all, to the students who did Marshall proud.
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