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Student Earns Multiple Awards for Her Efforts in Forensic Science

Michelle Schmidt, a senior forensic science student, has earned numerous awards recently for her achievements in forensic science. This semester, alone, she was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the New Jersey Association of Forensic Scientists, a $1,000 George Neighbor Memorial Scholarship from the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists, and a $5,500 research grant from the Forensic Science Foundation (FSF) for her research on the detection of cocaine in hair.

Michelle Schmidt

The FSF grant is competitive and only available to students from Forensic Science Educational Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) accredited programs, of which Cedar Crest is one of just 13 undergraduate programs in the country.

Larry Quarino, Ph.D., director of the forensic science program at Cedar Crest College, said of Schmidt’s achievements: "Michelle is among the very best of students to ever come through the forensic science program at Cedar Crest College. Her hard work and achievement has set the bar high for all who follow her, and this recognition of her efforts is well deserved."