Connecting Postgraduate Researchers with Publicly-Funded Forensic Laboratories
December 8, 2017
Are you a postgraduate researcher with an interest in forensics? If so, the National Institute of Justice has a program that can help you gain experience in working forensic labs with real-world applications.
As part of our “Research and Evaluation for the Testing and Interpretation of Physical Evidence in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories” program, we encourage applicant laboratories to consider funding a postgraduate (master’s or doctorate) fellowship as part of their proposal.
Under this program, we make awards for research and evaluation projects that will:
- Identify and inform the forensic community of best practices through the evaluation of existing laboratory protocols.
- Have a direct and immediate impact on laboratory efficiency and assist in making laboratory policy decisions.
View a list of past awards made under this solicitation.
Make the Connection
Not on the List?
If you work in a publicly-funded forensic laboratory and would like your contact information added to this list, please email
The table below provides leads for anticipated research opportunities. The labs listed have expressed an interest in connecting with postgraduate researchers under this program.
We encourage you to reach out to these labs to express your interest, provide background information, and to assist the laboratory in preparing an application for the forthcoming solicitation. Work under any award made would begin in January 2019.
Note, there are no guarantees of placement or projects until awards are made.
Public Lab Contact Information
|Contact(s)||Area of Interest/Discipline|
|Houston Forensic Science Center|
Amy Castillo, Chief Operations Officer
O: (713) 308-2680
C: (832) 993-0148
Preshious Rearden, Director of Research and Development
O: (713) 308-2615
- Blind quality control systems for laboratory Quality Assurance programs. Disciplines to consider, toxicology, latent prints, biology, firearms, controlled substances, digital multimedia, crime scene investigation.
- Evidence management technologies and process engineering. Particularly, RFID evidence tracking and evidence inventory and tracking improvements and process engineering for very high reliability handling of 200,000+ evidence items per year
- Data analytics. Including (but not limited to) data analytics and data visualization for process engineering and process optimization analytics (all disciplines). Data visualization and analytic tools for case related data (all disciplines).
- Document management technologies and integration to Laboratory Information Management Systems. Particularly interested in technologies and processes for document management that maintain documentation for public access while maintaining document integrity and security considerations.
|Colorado Bureau of Investigation |
Lisa Yoshida, Training, Research, and Development Manager|
- Crime Scene Processing
- Serology/Body Fluid Identification
- Drug Chemistry
- Latent Prints
- Trace- gunshot residue, fibers, or fire debris
|D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences |
- Latent fingerprints
- Evaluation of GYRO system in determining analysts threshold in making identifications.
- Impact of USACIL-created FRStat statistical software program in changing an analysts identification determination.
- Firearms examination
- EVO Finder or some type of 3D imaging
- Forensic biology
- Forensic chemistry
- Evaluation of DART-MS system for Rapid Drug Screening
|Virginia Department of Forensic Science |
- Controlled Substances
- Digital & Multimedia Evidence
- Firearms & Toolmarks
- Forensic Biology
- Latent Prints & Impressions
- Trace Evidence
- Breath Alcohol
|Denver Police Crime Laboratory|
Bonnie Mountain, Deputy Director|
- A multi-discipline project is under consideration between DNA, latent prints, and firearms.
- Forensic Imaging (e.g., facial recognition)
- Latent Prints
|Boston Police Crime Laboratory|
Kathryne Hall (O): (617) 343-5789||The purpose of this research is to provide evidence that the identification of intact spermatozoa (sperm heads with attached tails) is a significant finding in sexual assault related cases and specifically in sexual assault homicide cases where the time since intercourse may be a relevant factor in solving the crime. |
|Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension|
- Firearms and Toolmarks
- Latent Prints
- Forensic Biology/DNA
- Evidence Processing
- Crime Scene Documentation
- Forensic Chemistry
Date Modified: January 19, 2018