Forensic science: Its impact on the education of undergraduate science students

During the past 25 years, forensic science has emerged as an ideal field to introduce many topics in the chemical (and related physical and biological) sciences to undergraduate students. The Forensic Science workshop, offered for the past decade, under the auspices of the National Science Foundation supported Center for Workshops in the Chemical Sciences has been very successful in introducing more than 250 college and university professors to the world of forensic science as a pedagogical vehicle. A brief overview of the scope of the introductory workshop as well as the new advanced workshop will be presented. The impact that these workshops have had on aiding colleagues to develop forensic science demonstrations, experiments and courses will be discussed. The CWCS is supported by the NSF, DUE, CCLI Program (DUE-0618678)
Authors: 
Professor Lawrence J. Kaplan
Author Affiliation: 
Department of Chemistry, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, United States