The Capstone Experience

All students are required to complete an independent research project during their second year. The student is expected to conduct a research project, prepare a written report, and present the results of the research in a public forum prior to graduation. The research component of the program may include preparatory coursework in research methods and statistics. The ideal research project is well-defined, stands a reasonable chance of completion in the time available, and requires the student to use the advanced concepts and a variety of experimental techniques and instruments. Research in forensic science advances the body of knowledge and elevates the status of the profession.

The capstone course allows students to specialize within the discipline of interest and develop their problem-solving, time management and project management skills. Most students find this to be the most challenging program experience.

Students select a faculty advisory within their discipline during the first year. Upon completion of the internship, students conduct their capstone research during the fall and spring semesters. They present a formal research proposal orally towards the end of the spring semester of year one. During the second year of study, students receive written and verbal feedback on performance. Students are encouraged to submit work of sufficient standard for publication and/or presentation at regional and national scientific meetings.