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Angelica Wilz ’17

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Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC)

School of Adult and Graduate Education
Blaney Hall 105

Lawrence A. Quarino, Ph.D.
Director/Professor, Forensic Science
610-437-4471 ext. 3567

Angelica Wilz ’17

Forensic Serologist, Pennsylvania State Police

“A career is like a house: it's made of many bricks, and each brick has the same value, because without any one of them, the house would collapse.” -Andrea Bocelli

The Master of Science in Forensic Science program at Cedar Crest College offered me the opportunity to further develop the skills I had gathered from the foundation laid by my undergraduate degrees. The program offers a diverse curriculum of courses that reinforce the concepts and expand on the ideas introduced in previous undergraduate courses. Students are trained to use state of the art instrumentation that are common in the forensic science laboratories and apply those teaching to real life scenarios. Much like a sturdy home, the teaching staff along with the opportunities available at Cedar Crest College create an expansive framework of knowledge upon an already sound foundation.  

Lastly, students are offered a chance to lay the capstone upon their educational careers with a final research project where they are given an opportunity to find a topic in the forensic science field that interests them. They can pick what scientific question they want to investigate, come up with an experimental design, gain more experience with instrumentation and receive guidance from a mentor. Most importantly, students are given the opportunity to attend and present their research at regional and national conferences. This allows them to get involved with the forensic science community and interact with potential employers. In the end, every students graduates with a printed thesis that acts as a souvenir of their hard work and dedication to higher learning.

Still, the question many perspective students ask about a possible graduate program is, “is it all worth it?” The answer is resoundingly, yes! For me, while my research was the capstone of my educational journey, I had also laid the first few bricks of my professional career. During one of the graduate courses, I discovered I really enjoyed analyzing bloodstains. I enjoyed learning about the different patterns that they created, the information that could be gained from them, as well as the chemical testing used to identify them.  The program also provided me experience with analyzing other body fluids, including the different methods to locate and identify them. The result was a job that I love in the Serology Section at the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Forensic Services where I currently continue to build my new professional home, brick by brick, upon my Cedar Crest foundation.