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Scholarship Recipients

AFTE awards $2000.00 annually to students seeking a career in Forensic Science.  Recent winners of the AFTE scholarship can be found below.


2014

AFTE Scholarships


Chad Eyerly

Chad Eyerly graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. As an undergrad, he was involved in atmospheric chemistry research with AirUCI. He is currently a student in the Master of Criminalistics program at the California State University, Los Angeles, and will receive his Masterís degree in June 2014.
 
Mr. Eyerly worked as an intern over the summer of 2013 in the Los Angeles Police Department, Scientific Investigation Division, Firearms Analysis Unit. His project involved operating an ALIAS, Advanced Ballistics Analysis System, as a part of a study of random toolmarks found on cartridge cases from Beretta firearms. He became proficient at obtaining and inputting images, as well as using the ALIAS software to analyze the cartridge cases.
 
As an ardent outdoorsman and Eagle Scout, Mr. Eyerly has always had a passion for firearms and dreamed to have a career in which involves them. For this reason, he is extremely excited to enter into the field of Firearm and Toolmark Identification after he graduates.
 
 


Mackenzie Argo

 

2013

AFTE Scholarships


Daniel Botello

Mr. Botello graduated from the University of Texas - Austin with a B.S. in Biology with a focus in Microbiology. He worked at a biotech firm in Austin for three years prior to pursuing a Master's Degree. He recently finished his first year of a two-year M.S. program in Forensic Science at Marshall University. His current focus of study is in Crime Scene Investigation and Digital Forensics.

Mr. Botello has been working as an intern at the Kentucky State Police Eastern Regional Crime Laboratory since January 2013. During the summer of 2013, he will continue to work with KSP's Dwight Deskins toward the goal of completing a study on the effects of bullet velocity and gunpowder type on GSR patterns in regards to distance determination.

After graduation, Mr. Botello plans to enter into the field of Firearm and Toolmark Identification and would also like to do more research to contribute to the validity of the field.  
 


Kiersten LaPorte

Kiersten LaPorte graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a minor in biology. During her undergraduate studies, Kiersten was involved with research in environmental analytical chemistry. She recently completed her first year as a student in the Master of Forensic Science program at Virginia Commonwealth University, and will receive her Masterís degree in May 2014.

Ms. LaPorte performed research at the Vermont Forensic Laboratory as an intern last summer. She is currently conducting research in the trace evidence section at the Virginia Department of Forensic Science Central Laboratory in Richmond, VA. Ms. LaPorte looks forward to exploring course work in trace evidence analysis and firearm and toolmark identification as she continues her education in the forensic science field.


2012

AFTE Scholarships


Meda Miller

Meda Miller is a senior at Utah Valley University pursuing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Forensic Science with a Minor in Criminal Justice. She had the opportunity to participate in the Forensic Science Directed Research program and presented at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research in March 2012.

Meda is currently working as an intern with the Utah Bureau of Forensic Services in Salt Lake City in the Chemistry section of the Crime Lab. This fall she will be taking 20 credits and continuing to gain experience in the field with an additional internship with the Unified Police Department of Salt Lake City.

Ms. Miller plans to graduate with Honors in December 2012. She is extremely honored to have been selected for the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners Scholarship.

 


Sajal Shah

Sajal Shah is currently 6 months away from completing her MSc in Forensic Science from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Her project is concerned with cranial gunshots and bloodspatter, where she is investigating simulant materials that behave similarly to brain tissue upon bullet impact.
 
Ms. Shah completed her BSc at the University of Otago (also in New Zealand) and majored in genetics, microbiology and biochemistry. Genetics instilled her with a passion for forensic science and lead her to pursuing postgraduate study in the subject.

Sajalís ultimate goals are to complete a PhD, then support the forensic science community by carrying out research, lecturing and working with the New Zealand police as a forensic scientist.

 


2011

AFTE Scholarships

Daniel Glorae

Daniel Glorae is beginning his final year in the Masterís of Criminalistics program at Cal State University Los Angeles. He received his Bachelorís in Biology from Stanford University in 2008. Currently, through a grant from the California Forensic Science Institute, he is interning in the Forensic Biology section of the Los Angeles County Sheriffís Department assisting in processing the historical backlog. He is also performing research in the firearms section, exploring the effect of ammuntion variation on distance determination.

After completing his undergraduate years, Daniel was employed as a Detention Services Officer for the Los Angeles County Probation Department. While his exposure to law enforcement strengthened his commitment to public service it was clear to him that his passion lay in the sciences. It was the union of these two interests that paved the way for his pursuit of a career in Forensics. His goal is to become a criminalist for the Los Angeles County Sheriffs where he can put his education and passions in service to his community.

Jeremy Monkres

Jeremy Monkres is a student in the Master of Science in Forensic Science program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), concentrating in the physical and biology tracks. He previously attended VCU as an undergraduate and received a Bachelorís degree in forensic science, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Jeremy expects to receive his Masterís degree in May 2012, at which time he will pursue a career in forensics as a Firearm and Toolmark Examiner.

Currently, Mr. Monkres is conducting research on bullets fired from consecutively rifled barrels with the Virginia Department of Forensic Science Eastern Laboratory in Norfolk, VA. He plans to publish the results of the project in the AFTE Journal and possibly present the findings at the AAFS Annual Meeting or the AFTE Training Seminar next year.

Elizabeth Nunes

Elizabeth is currently a junior at California State University Stanislaus. She is working towards a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Science. Elizabeth began her college education at Modesto Junior College where she graduated on the Deanís List with an Associate in Science Degree in Criminal Justice.

Miss Nunes hopes to start a career as a crime scene investigator for a local law enforcement agency while she continues her education to obtain a Masters of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. Elizabethís ultimate career goal is to work for the FBI in their Criminal Investigative Division.

Elizabeth volunteers to ride along with the ID Tech at the local Sheriffís Department. She has also assisted at the Stanislaus County Coronerís office. She will be applying for an internship with the FBI in the fall as long as they have the funding for their program.

Hannah Poirier

Hannah Poirier is going into her senior year at Virginia Commonwealth University where she will be graduating next May with her Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science and minors in both biology and chemistry. Currently she is working for the Virginia Multi-disciplinary Crash Investigation Team as a clerical assistant as well as volunteering for the Henrico Police Department with their AFIS Unit.

Since her senior year in high school, Hannah has been interested in becoming a firearm and tool mark examiner. Although VCU does not currently offer any academics in this specific division of forensic science, Hannah is looking forward to working in a lab where she will be adequately trained and can earn the title of being an expert.


2010

AFTE Scholarships

Jennifer Louise Bishop

Jennifer Bishop is a student at the University of Central Oklahomaís Forensic Science Institute, where she is currently working to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science. Jennifer already holds a B.S. degree in Biology and is anticipating graduation for her second bachelorís degree in December 2010.  She plans to earn her M.S. degree in Forensic Science at the UCO Forensic Science Institute as well, where her focus will be in the Firearm and Toolmark Discipline.
 
Ms. Bishop recently completed and presented research on the drop-off consistency of shotgun wads at AFTEís 2010 training seminar in Henderson, Nevada, and plans to publish the results of this research in the AFTE Journal. Jennifer is very focused on accomplishing her education goals and plans to seek a position on the Federal, State, or local level as a Firearm and Toolmark Examiner.

Rachel Bolton-King

Rachel Bolton-King obtained a high First Class Bachelors Honours Degree in Forensic Science in July 2008 from Nottingham Trent University (NTU), United Kingdom (including a 12 month industrial placement as an analytical chemist). Her interest in forensic firearms identification directed her back to NTU, where she is currently half-way through her PhD program. Rachelís PhD research is entitled 'Topographical Mapping of Fired Bullet Samples for Forensic Firearms Identification' and focuses on 9 x 19 mm semi-automatic pistols. Ms. Bolton-Kingís ongoing research has recently been published in the AFTE Journal and presented in poster format at 2010 summer seminars including AFTE, the Forensic Science Society Firearms Conference in Leeds, UK and the Forensic Research & Teaching Conference at Coventry University, UK.

Rachel also lectures and supervises laboratory practicals for the NTU BSc Firearms and Ballistics Module, as well as undertaking consultancy work for companies offering educational forensic programmes for school pupils. She hopes to continue researching and teaching in this field after completion of her PhD.

Heather Charron

Heather received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Radford University, Virginia in 2007. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science degree in Forensic Science with a concentration in crime scene investigation from The George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, D.C. Heather is president of the Association of Forensic Science Students organization at GWU, and is a professional member of the Chesapeake Bay Division of the International Association for Identification. She attended the annual spring conference in Virginia Beach in March 2010, where she took home a second place award in the poster presentation contest.

Ms. Charron has held multiple internships with police departments and just completed an internship with the investigators at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Washington, D.C. After completing her Masters degree in May 2011, Heather wants to begin her career in the field of forensics. She is interested in latent fingerprints and forensic anthropology.

Maggie Widdowson

Maggie is currently in the last year of her Masterís of Forensic Science program at Stevenson University, where students can obtain both their Bachelorís and Masterís degrees in five years. She graduated in May 2010 with her B.S. in Chemistry. Now working on her thesis, Maggie is researching organic gunshot residue using GC-MS. In addition to researching for her thesis and being a full-time graduate student, Maggie works two part-time jobs and is active in charity work.

Maggieís interest in firearms was sparked by her father, who was an armorer, avid hunter, and a firearms safety instructor who routinely included Maggie with his activities. After graduation in May 2011, Maggie plans to seek a position as a Firearms Examiner with a local Crime Laboratory, and hopes to eventually take the experience and skills she has attained to be a Firearms Examiner for the federal government.


2009

AFTE Scholarships

Lee Sloan

Lee is currently in his final year of a Bachelors Degree in Applied Science in Forensic Investigation at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), Australian Capital Territory in Australia.

Lee is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) and attended the 19th ANZFSS International Conference on the Forensic Sciences in Melbourne in 2008. This sparked great interest and desire to seek research and employment opportunities in Firearms and Tool Mark Identification. As a result, Lee is now working with the Australian Federal Police and CIT on a research project at the AFPís Forensic and Data Centre in the Firearm Identification department.

Upon graduation in December of 2009, Lee plans to seek a post-graduate research position in Firearms Identification or Chemical Criminalistics. Lee then hopes to find employment within the Australian Federal Police to continue work in Firearms Identification. With this scholarship, Lee has been able to increase the scope of his research assignment and now plans to present his research project at the 2010 ANZFSS International Forensic Science Symposium in Sydney.

Amanda Heard

Amanda Heard is currently pursuing her Bachelors degree in Chemistry and her Masters degree in Forensic Science at Stevenson University in Stevenson, MD, which offers a BS/MS program allowing students to obtain both the BS and MFS in a total of 5 years. Ms. Heard is active at Stevenson University in the Junior class Student Council, the Forensic Science Club, the American Chemical Society Student Affiliate Club, and Sigma Alpha Phi, the National Society of Leadership and Success. She played rugby in high school and recently started a womenís rugby team in Westminster, MD.

Amanda developed an interest in firearms at a young age when she went hunting with her father. This interest was strengthened when she studied firearms and toolmarks in her forensic science studies at Stevenson. Amanda looks forward to a career in firearms and toolmarks after she obtains her Masters degree in Forensic Science in 2012.

Carolyn Schumacher

Carolyn is currently attending Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY. She will graduate in May of 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science with an emphasis in chemistry.

During the summer of 2008 and 2009 she was an intern at the Washoe County Sheriffís Office Crime Lab in the Firearms and Toolmaks section. This summer she hopes to have another internship in a national crime lab.

After completing her Bachelors degree she wants to peruse her Masters degree in chemistry.


2008

AFTE Scholarships

Elizabeth Roberts

Elizabeth is currently pursuing her Masterís degree in Forensic Science with a concentration in Criminalistics at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut. While in school she is also a graduate assistant to the Chemistry Department.

Elizabeth graduated Summa Cum Laude with honors in 2006 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri. While at CMU she was a member of Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, American Chemical Society, and named to the Deanís List. She also worked as a Chemistry tutor and lab assistant.

Before attending the University of New Haven Elizabeth worked full-time at Poet Biorefining in Macon, Missouri as a lab assistant.

In the summer of 2008 she plans on completing an internship with the ATF in Ammendale, Maryland. Upon graduating in May of 2009, Elizabeth plans to pursue a career as a firearms examiner.

Janey Deimling

Janey is currently pursuing her masterís degree in Forensic Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where she maintains a GPA of 3.66. She has recently begun an internship with the Birmingham Police Department under the supervision of the talented staff of the Firearms ID unit. She is also a part time employee of the Universityís Academic Center for Athletics.

Miss Deimling received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry along with a minor in Criminal Justice from UAB in May 2007 while competing on the Universityís Womenís Golf Team. In her four years of competing at a NCAA division I level, she competed in every tournament, won an individual title, was a conference USA player of the week and was named 3rd team All-Conference.

Upon graduating in May of 2009, Janey plans on finding a job in Firearms ID or Trace Evidence.

Brandon Feenstra

Brandon is a current student at California State University, San Bernardino, CSUSB. Brandon is dual majoring in both Chemistry and Criminal Justice at Cal State. He is currently on the Deanís list for both the College of Natural Sciences and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He plans on graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and a Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice in June of 2009. Brandon currently works at Colton Police Department as a Police Cadet and has been serving at CPD for over two years. He is also enrolled in the Crime Scene Certification program at Univ. of Riverside extension program. Brandon is a graduate of the 2008 CSUSB Leadership academy and hopes to be a leader in the law enforcement and forensics community. His leadership is shown on campus as member and vice president for the CSUSB Criminal Justice Club and also member and secretary of ALPHI PHI SIGMA, the National Criminal Justice honor society chapter at CSUSB.

Sarah J. Milam

Sarah is a student at the College of William and Mary. She will graduate in the spring of 2009 with a degree in chemistry and a minor in anthropology. She is in the Monroe Scholars Honors Program. During the summer of 2007, she completed an internship in the Firearms and Toolmarks division of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. In conjunction with the internship, she completed a research investigation of two of the United Statesí automated ballistics identification systems, NIBIN and IBIS.
This summer, Sarah will participate in another honors internship program in a national crime laboratory. Upon graduation, she intends to pursue a Masters f Science in Forensic Science and enter the field of either forensic chemistry or ballistics.


2007

AFTE Scholarships

Faith Lauran Musko

Faith is currently attending the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) for her Masters in Forensic Science, concentration in Criminalistics, where she maintains a 4.0 GPA. She is the Graduate President of the Student Academy of Forensic Science, and is a professional member to both the American Chemical Society and the National Criminal Justice Association. In February 2007, Faith traveled to San Antonio, TX to attend the 59th annual American Academy of Forensic Scientists (AAFS) meeting. She is currently employed as a biomedical research technician at the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center conducting cancer and diabetes research.

Miss Musko moved to Oklahoma City from Pittsburgh, PA where she attended Waynesburg College and received a B.S. in Forensic Science with minors in Biology and Chemistry in May 2005. During her undergraduate experience, Faith was a Mock Crime Scene Workshop Instructor and a Mock Trial Expert Witness. She was employed with R.J. Lee Group, Inc. as a Forensic Department intern, where she conducted gunshot residue analysis using scanning electron microscopy.

Upon graduating from UCO in the Spring of 2008, Miss Musko plans to find a job in Trace Evidence or Toxicology and plans to attended law school in the Fall of 2008 for her criminal law degree.

Candita C. Chapman

Candita, an international student from St. Kitts, West Indies, attends the University of Baltimore in Maryland. In May, 2008, she will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Studies with a concentration in Forensic Science.

Currently, this straight A student is the Vice President of the UB Circle of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, a certified Emerging and Established leader in the Leadership Certification Program, a Helen P. Denit Honors student, a Wilsonís Scholar, a Conversation Partner for Chinese MPA students, and a part-time employee at the universityís Academic Resource Center. She is also represented in the National Deanís List.

In June, 2007, Candita interned with the Firearms Unit of the Baltimore Police Department Crime Lab, under the direction of an outstanding staff. She is now, more than ever, eagerly looking forward to a life of dedication to the field of forensics.

Bonnie Floran

Bonnie is currently working on her Masterís degree in Forensic Science at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond Virginia. While in school she also works part time as a Forensic Administrative Specialist for the Department of Forensic Science, as well as working as a Barista for Starbucks.

She received her Bachelorís of Business degree in Marketing from the University of New Mexico in 1999 and then decided to pursue a second degree in Biology. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelorís in Biology and minor in Chemistry in 2003. In school she was a member of the Golden Key and Mortar Board National Honor Societies as well as a member of the Chi Omega sorority.

After graduating college, she worked full time as a certified Cytogenetics Technologist at Genzyme Genetics before moving to Virginia to pursue a dream in the forensic sciences.

Upon graduating in May of 2008, Bonnie plans to begin a career working as a trace evidence or firearms examiner.


2006

AFTE Scholarships

Lauren Claytor

Lauren is currently working two jobs, including being employed as a Forensic Administration Specialist by the Department of Forensic Science in Richmond, Virginia. She is enrolled in the Forensic Science Masterís Program at Virginia Commonwealth University where she maintains a 4.0 GPA while being a Graduate Representative for the Forensic Science Student Club and a Graduate Mentor.

Lauren received her B.S. in Biology from Wake Forest University in May of 2005, where she was a member of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, the National Deanís List, Golden Key International Honor Society, and Pi Beta Phi Sorority.

In the Fall, Lauren plans to complete an internship at the Department of Forensic Science in the Firearms and Toolmarks section under Ann Davis. Upon completion of her education, she plans to pursue a career as a firearms examiner.

Jordan Tidrick

Jordan graduated with honors from Furman University in Greenville, SC with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry concentrating in Biochemistry. While at Furman she was a research intern with Dr. L. Trzupek studying suicide substrate enzyme inhibition; she also interned at MicroAnalytical, Inc, a private forensic lab. After graduating from Furman, Jordan served as a missionary with the United Methodist Church working primarily as a youth program specialist at the Susannah Wesley Community Center in Honolulu, HI. Jordan then taught introductory physics & chemistry at North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, GA. Jordan is completing her final year of a Masters of Science in Forensic Science at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and will graduate in May of 2007. She is looking forward to interning in the Firearms Section at the Virginia Department of Forensic Science.


2005

AFTE Scholarships

Michael Thomas Beddow

I graduated from Northern Arizona University in December of 2003 with Cum Laude honors. I received an Extended Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and a Minor in Criminal Justice. During my undergraduate education I completed an internship with the Firearms Division of the Phoenix Police Department's Crime Laboratory Services Bureau as well as assisted Dr. Michael Ketterer (Professor of Chemistry) and Luke Haag in a forensic science related research project. I am currently a graduate student attending the University of California Davis pursuing my Masters of Science degree in Forensic Science, with an expected firearms or toolmarks related thesis project. I expect to graduate in June of 2006. Upon completion of my education I will be pursuing a career as a firearms examiner.

Naila Bhatri

Naila is currently pursuing a Masterís degree in Forensic Science at The George Washington University. She will graduate in May 2006 with a concentration in Forensic Molecular Biology. She has completed her Bachelorís of Science degree with a double major in Zoology and Botany and an Honorís Certificate in Zoology from the University of Mumbai. During her graduate studies she has been working with Dr. Walter Rowe on fire-arm artifacts that were collected from the site of the Fetterman Massacre. This work with Dr. Rowe enabled her to present a poster on the removal of calcareous deposits from aged fire-arm artifacts at the 2005 meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists, in Pittsburgh.

Through the months of May to July of 2004 Naila worked as a trainee in the Directorate of State Forensic Science Laboratories in Maharashtra, India. During this training she learnt the intricacies of the working of the Biology/Serology section of a Forensic Laboratory.

During the moths of June till August Naila will intern with DNA Security, Inc in Burlington, North Carolina as a Genetic Analyst Trainee.

In her free time she enjoys the outdoors as well reading fiction.


2004

AFTE Scholarships

Thomas A. Van Drunen

I graduated June 2005 with distinction from the University of Toronto at Mississauga with an Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Chemistry. I completed an internship with Murray Smith and Bill Sopiro at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Forensic Laboratory Services in Ottawa and I have been hired at the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto.

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to your organization for awarding me this honor!


2002

AFTE Scholarships

Ms. Zoe Burgess

Zoe is currently employed as a Forensic Laboratory Specialist by the Virginia Division of Forensic Science, Richmond, Va. in the Firearm and Toolmark Section.  

She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va., where she received a B.A. degree in Chemistry in December, 1999.  Currently, she is a candidate at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. for a Masterís Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Science, to be conferred December, 2001.  

Zoe successfully completed an internship in the Spring, 2001 and is currently conducting an independent study with the firearm/toolmark section.  Zoe plans to pursue a career in Forensic Science, primarily in the Firearm and Toolmark area.



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