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Broad Forensic Sciences Experiences Help Focus Studies

Janelle Thimmesch combined an internship with research during her summer working at the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center in Wichita.

Thimmesch, of Andale, is studying for a master of science in forensic science degree at Emporia State University. The program opened in the fall of 2015 and is the only master of science in forensic science degree offered in the state.

Thimmesch’s research is centered around non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs.

“I worked on my graduate research developing a method for determining the concentration of select NSAIDS from whole blood,” she said.

She also shadowed toxicologists and prepared stock solutions for them to use in their analyses. The most enjoyable part of the internship, she said, was being able to watch an autopsy.

“The internship allowed me the chance to get exposure to different aspects of forensic science and help me decide on my focus in my studies,” Thimmesch said. “I gained some great contacts within the forensic science field and (got) exposure to what it is like to work in a crime lab.”

She encouraged other students to seek out opportunities for internships in their own fields of study.

“They give students a chance to make contacts in their desired profession, as well as real world experience,” she said.

Photo by Nahya Faulx, KMUW. Used with permission.