Our program encourages hands-on experiences. Our classes are structured for as much reality as possible. For outdoor fieldwork, Hawaii weather is a bonus. In the lab, our students get hands-on experience with state-of-the-art analytical techniques and equipment. For example, the techniques in molecular biology and DNA identification are changing rapidly. In order to be successful, the student must understand the theory as well as be able to operate the equipment used in the analysis.
Our program encourages individual research. For example, currently Associate Professor Wilson Sullivan and several undergraduate students are working on a project in cooperation with the Dept. of the Medical Examiner, City and County of Honolulu Hawaii, using infrared photography to demonstrate bruising and fingerprints on skin.
We encourage students to attend annual meetings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and other important events. Having our students' presentations accepted is significant, as there is no student section and all abstracts submitted must compete equally for space. Both undergraduate and graduate students have made presentations.
David O. Carter, Ph.D.
Director, Forensic Sciences Department
David O. Carter, Ph.D., Director of the Chaminade University Forensic Sciences Program