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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Eastern Kentucky University

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Arizona State University-West

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Sam Houston State University

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Western Carolina University

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Bowling Green State University-Main Campus

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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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FIRST Scholarship - Bay Atlantic University

FIRST

$13,500 August 15, 2021 See Details
 

FIRST Scholarship - Bay Atlantic University

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$13,500

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August 15, 2021
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FOSSI Scholarship

HBCU Week Foundation, Inc.

$10,000 February 15, 2021 See Details
 

FOSSI Scholarship

HBCU Week Foundation, Inc.

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$10,000

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February 15, 2021
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ACS Scholars Program

American Chemical Society

Up to $5,000 March 01, 2021 See Details
 

ACS Scholars Program

American Chemical Society

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Up to $5,000

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March 01, 2021
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Memorial Scholarship

American Association of University Women - Naperville Area

$5,000 March 31, 2021 See Details
 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Memorial Scholarship

American Association of University Women - Naperville Area

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$5,000

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March 31, 2021
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Jerome Evenson Scholarship

Arlington Community Foundation

$3,000 February 01, 2021 See Details
 

Jerome Evenson Scholarship

Arlington Community Foundation

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$3,000

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February 01, 2021
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David G. and Jacqueline M. Braithwaite Scholarship in Chemistry

East Texas Communities Foundation

$3,000 February 01, 2021 See Details
 

David G. and Jacqueline M. Braithwaite Scholarship in Chemistry

East Texas Communities Foundation

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$3,000

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February 01, 2021
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STEM Scholarship

Avomeen Analytical Services

$2,500 April 01, 2021 See Details
 

STEM Scholarship

Avomeen Analytical Services

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$2,500

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April 01, 2021
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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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Alliant Energy Innovation Scholarship

Alliant Energy Foundation

$1,000 February 17, 2021 See Details
 

Alliant Energy Innovation Scholarship

Alliant Energy Foundation

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$1,000

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February 17, 2021
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Jamie K. Patino Math and Science Scholarship

Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln

$1,000 March 01, 2021 See Details
 

Jamie K. Patino Math and Science Scholarship

Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln

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$1,000

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March 01, 2021
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