Forensic Chemistry

Forensic chemistry is the application of chemistry and its subfield, forensic toxicology, in a legal setting. A forensic chemist can assist in the identification of unknown materials found at a crime scene. Specialists in this field have a wide array of methods and instruments to help identify unknown substances. These include high-performance liquid chromatography, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, atomic absorption spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and thin layer chromatography. The range of different methods is important due to the destructive nature of some instruments and the number of possible unknown substances that can be found at a scene. Forensic chemists prefer using nondestructive methods first, to preserve evidence and to determine which destructive methods will produce the best results.

Along with other forensic specialists, forensic chemists commonly testify in court as expert witnesses regarding their findings. Forensic chemists follow a set of standards that have been proposed by various agencies and governing bodies, including the Scientific Working Group on the Analysis of Seized Drugs. In addition to the standard operating procedures proposed by the group, specific agencies have their own standards regarding the quality assurance and quality control of their results and their instruments. To ensure the accuracy of what they are reporting, forensic chemists routinely check and verify that their instruments are working correctly and are still able to detect and measure various quantities of different substances.

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Matching Forensic Chemistry Colleges

Eastern Kentucky University
Four or more years; Public; $18,774 average out-state tuition; $8,996 average in-state tuition
Arizona State University-West
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Sam Houston State University
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Western Carolina University
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University of Mississippi
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Alabama State University
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Scholarships for Forensic Chemistry Majors

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Emmy Noether Award

Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation

$25,000 May 08, 2020 See Details

Emmy Noether Award

Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation

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$25,000

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May 08, 2020
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Ruth and Horace Daum Memorial Scholarship

Hood River County Education Foundation

$2,000 April 17, 2020 See Details

Ruth and Horace Daum Memorial Scholarship

Hood River County Education Foundation

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$2,000

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April 17, 2020
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NSHSS Foundation STEAM Scholarship

National Society of High School Scholars

$1,000 April 15, 2020 See Details

NSHSS Foundation STEAM Scholarship

National Society of High School Scholars

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$1,000

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April 15, 2020
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Nola Cook Scholarship

Michael and Lauren Branch

$750 May 01, 2020 See Details

Nola Cook Scholarship

Michael and Lauren Branch

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$750

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May 01, 2020
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Evergreen STEM Scholarship

Northern New York Community Foundation

Varies April 15, 2020 See Details

Evergreen STEM Scholarship

Northern New York Community Foundation

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April 15, 2020
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Bernice Carver Scholarship of Hope

Whitley County Community Foundation

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Bernice Carver Scholarship of Hope

Whitley County Community Foundation

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April 15, 2020
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The Boeing Company Scholarship

Antelope Valley College

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The Boeing Company Scholarship

Antelope Valley College

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