AFTE awards $2000.00
annually to students seeking a career in Forensic Science.
Recent winners of the AFTE scholarship can be found below.
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
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
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
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 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
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
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.
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 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 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
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.
Jennifer Louise Bishop
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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 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.
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
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 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
Upon graduating in May of 2009, Janey plans on finding a job in
Firearms ID or Trace Evidence.
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 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.
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
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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,
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
In her free time she enjoys the outdoors as well reading
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!
Ms. Zoe Burgess
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.