CSI Reality: Chemistry in the Crime Labs

March 17, 2011

Evidence at a crime scene

What do a mysterious white powder, a blood smear, and a moldy ham sandwich have in common? To the average person, probably not much, but to a forensic chemist, these items might tell quite a bit about what happened when, where, and why. Despite the mystical cachet of popular TV shows, forensic chemists usually need to be well-versed in the widest possible array of analytical technologies, and must be able to quickly adapt proven methods to new types of samples. Join us to learn the different disciplines within forensic chemistry, and get an in-depth perspective of day-to-day life in a forensic laboratory.  

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What You Will Learn

  • What forensic chemists really do in the lab
  • How forensics differs from and relates to other chemical disciplines
  • For better or for worse, CSI in real life vs. television!
  • Career paths and educational expectations in forensic chemistry


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Jason Schaff
Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory