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Students win Forensic Sciences Foundation awards

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Two Mercyhurst University applied forensic science graduate students have earned top awards through the Forensic Sciences Foundation’s (FSF) annual essay contest. Kelsey Carpenter (at right) and Jacob Griffin (at left) were among nine U.S. students to receive $1,500 FSF Student Travel Grants to assist with expenses in attending the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, Feb. 23-27.

As the top-scoring candidate, Carpenter also received a library of books, valued at $1,500, courtesy of the FSF and CRC Press, for a total award of $3,000.

Mercyhurst’s forensic anthropology faculty and students will be well represented at the annual meeting, where they are slated to deliver a dozen presentations and posters. Participants include current students: Sarah Furnier, Kelsey Carpenter, Kena Ihle and Jacob Griffin; and former students working with Mercyhurst professors: Kate Lesciotto, Kaleigh Best, Michael Kenyhercz, Kyra Stull, Erin Chapman, Sara Getz and Sean Carlson-Greer.

 In addition, the following Mercyhurst professors will be presenting: Stephen Ousley, Steven  Symes, Heather Garvin, Alexandra Klales, Dennis Dirkmaat and Luis Cabo-Perez.

 A sampling of the presentations are:

 “New Forensic Archaeological Recovery Protocols for Fatal Vehicle Fires”

 “Improved Adult Age Estimation Using New Skeletal Traits and Transition Analysis” 

 “Reliability of Biomechanical Descriptors to Assess Blunt Force Injuries in the Cranium.”

 This marks the 68th session of the AAFS annual meeting.