The Financial Aid Office will work with you to find and obtain need-based aid, including grants, need-based scholarships, and student loans. All incoming graduate students are automatically considered for teaching assistantships in Forensic Science and/or the Department of Biology, which provides a stipend in exchange for assisting in laboratory preparation and assistance.
In terms of employment, the Department discourages more than 20 hours per week due to the demands of the program, and provides assistance to incoming students in obtaining part-time scientific positions.
Of the past two incoming classes, 83% of graduate Forensic Science students have been employed part-time in an local scientific laboratory, or paid hourly/contract through teaching or research assistantships. These positions are often available in Forensic Science faculty research laboratories, and Forensic Science students regularly teach as adjunct faculty for undergraduate laboratory courses in Biology and Chemistry.
The Emily R. Murphy, Paul B. Ferrara and Graduate Student Professional Development Scholarships in Forensic Science are also available for graduate students to gain assistance for their studies.
Awards such as Phi Kappa Phi, Outstanding Graduate Student in Forensic Science Award, the Forensic Science Academic Achievement Awards and the Forensic Science Leadership and Service Awards are ways the university and the department acknowledge deserving students.