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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Scholarships for Forensic Chemistry Majors

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Churchill Scholarship

Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

Up to $60,000 November 02, 2020 See Details
 

Churchill Scholarship

Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

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Up to $60,000

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November 02, 2020
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SMART Scholarship

Department of Defense

Up to $38,000 December 01, 2020 See Details
 

SMART Scholarship

Department of Defense

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Up to $38,000

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December 01, 2020
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Keynote Scholarship

National Space Club

$10,000 December 02, 2020 See Details
 

Keynote Scholarship

National Space Club

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$10,000

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December 02, 2020
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PixelPlex STEM Scholarship

PixelPlex

$2,000 December 05, 2020 See Details
 

PixelPlex STEM Scholarship

PixelPlex

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$2,000

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December 05, 2020
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Sally G. Maez Memorial Endowed Scholarship

New Mexico Highlands University

$1,095 February 15, 2021 See Details
 

Sally G. Maez Memorial Endowed Scholarship

New Mexico Highlands University

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$1,095

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February 15, 2021
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NSHSS Foundation STEM Scholarship

National Society of High School Scholars

$1,000 October 15, 2020 See Details
 

NSHSS Foundation STEM Scholarship

National Society of High School Scholars

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$1,000

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October 15, 2020
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STEM Scholarship

B&G Refrigeration

$1,000 June 30, 2021 See Details
 

STEM Scholarship

B&G Refrigeration

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$1,000

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June 30, 2021
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Science Ambassador Scholarship

Cards Against Humanity

100% of tuition December 14, 2020 See Details
 

Science Ambassador Scholarship

Cards Against Humanity

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100% of tuition

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December 14, 2020
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