Student Handbook

As a student within our Bachelors degree program, it is our goal to set each individual up for success.  Part of that process includes providing important instructions, policies, guidelines and procedures that students should be aware of while they are enrolled in our degree program.  Our program has created a "Student Handbook" that has complied all vital information for our students.  This resource contains program requirements, academic standards, student support services,  and much more.  All students matriculating into the Bachelors program are required to read and abide by the handbook.  

Internships

UVU’s Forensic Science program provides students with valuable internship opportunities with local, state and federal agencies within the state of Utah. Our students have interned with Utah County Sheriff’s Office, Utah Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory, Salt Lake Police Department, Utah Office of the Medical Examiner among many others.

Internships provide an avenue for students to gain knowledge, skills and experience in a real-world environment and from within their field of study. Students form invaluable relationships within the field and gain access to career resources for furthering their employment in forensics.

Students must coordinate with the internship office to receive credit

 

Your Internship Coordinator 

 

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Opportunities

Students can contact the following people to look for possible internships.

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY - JOB SHADOW

UVU Alumni Job Shadow Program

LOCAL UTAH AGENCIES

Utah County Sheriff’s Office

Salt Lake City Crime Lab

Interns are selected at the beginning of each calendar year for the upcoming Summer, Fall and Spring semesters.  Applications are accepted from Oct-Nov each year with interviews occurring in January.  

Angela Petersen

angela.petersen@slcgov.com

Unified Police Department 

UPD is currently not accepting applications.  Application window will re-open in May 2023 for Fall 2023 and future semesters.  

Internship Application

West Valley PD

Forensic Director Amanda Bennett

amanda.bennett@wvc-ut.gov

801-963-3426

Not Taking Interns due to Covid

American Fork Police Department

Berg Mortuary (PAID)   

Todd Jenkins

801-373-1841

UTAH STATE AGENCIES

DPS – Utah State Crime Lab

Utah Office of the Medical Examiner

Utah Department of Forensic Toxicology  (Forensic Laboratory Students ONLY)

Nghia Nguyen

non profit organizations

Utah Cold Case Coalition

 Gordon Brack

Please email your resume to: 

gbrack307@gmail.com

OTHER STATE AGENCIES

Colorado Bureau of Investigation 

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Forensic Organizations

International Association of Identification 

Crime Scene Investigator Network

FEDERAL AGENCIES

Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Federal Bureau of Investigations

Drug Enforcement Administration

Kimberly Setchfield

kimberly.a.setchfield@usdoj.gov

Secret Service Student Volunteer Program 

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Department of Justice

UNIVERSITY INTERNSHIP RESOURCES

Penn State

Loyola University

 

Join the Forensic Science Community

International Forensic Science Honor Society

The Delta Delta Epsilon, Alpha Mu Chapter allows Forensic Science students at Utah Valley University a chance to become part of a national honor society. The Alpha Mu chapter promotes the recognition and encouragement of excellence in scholarship in the Forensic Sciences. As part of the national honor society, you will promote and encourage intellectual development, push for high achievement, promote leadership, create student and faculty dialogue, enrich your educational environment and promote attitudes of professional responsibility for the public good. Being a member of a national honor society will fuel students to continue to better the Forensic Science Fields and those who seek employment in those fields.

Requirements:

  • Enrolled in UVU’s Forensic Science Degree Program
  • Completed at least 47 required credit hours for the Forensic Science Bachelor’s Degree
  • Have a minimum GPA average of 3.3
  • Membership dues $50.00

For application to DDE – please complete the membership form and email it to amie.houghton@uvu.edu

The honor society logo

Research

Undergraduate research is available in the UVU Forensic Science Program. A typical research student is a junior with at least one year remaining until graduation and who is interested in going to graduate school. The program is conducted like a Master of Science Degree program with close one-on-one supervision involving a literature search, experimental design, experimentation, data interpretation, and final report. Although research topics are developed jointly with the mentor the student’s interest is followed as closely as possible.

The typical timeline starts in January at the beginning of spring semester, by March the topic and literature search is finished, and by the beginning of May experimentation is underway. Research continues through the summer because abstracts must be submitted to the American Academy of Forensic Sciences by August 1. The work is presented at the annual academy meeting the following February.

Student Complaints

Complaint Portal

If you are a forensic science student and wish to file a complaint based on an issue with your degree program, specific courses, faculty member or any other issue related to the forensic science program, please submit your complaint through the complaint portal below.

 

Report a Complaint

EthicsPoint is a confidential internet and telephone-based reporting tool, with the option of anonymous reporting, that helps UVU and its employees work together to address fraud, abuse, misconduct, or other violations in the workplace. EthicsPoint is managed at UVU by Internal Audit, who are independent of UVU's management team. https://www.uvu.edu/audit/concerns/

UVU has several other resources available to students for reporting various types of issues you may have as a student at UVU. The following are direct links of how to submit concerns you may have, which may or may not be directly related to the forensic program

  • “Report and Support”

    Provides students with instructions on reporting anything from Bias Education Support, Ombudsman, Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, Title IX and much more.

  • The Ombudsman

    For any misunderstandings or disagreements that need resolution.

  • Ethics Point

    For students to report ethical, policy, legal, financial issues or concerns.

  • Title IX

    If you feel that you have experienced sexual misconduct, discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, you have several options available to you. The Office for Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Title IX is here to offer support and resources to address your concerns through informal or formal options.

Careers

Careers related to forensic science are projected to grow 17% over the next ten years, much faster than the average for other occupations.  Local, State and Federal Agencies have job openings in multiple disciplines within forensic science.  Specific locations such as a crime laboratory, crime scene unit, medical examiners office or law enforcement agencies offer a wide variety of positions to choose from.  

Students should consult early with their advisors and professors to identify the best path for their interests and ultimate career goals.  With two separate emphases to choose from, students need to understand which educational focus can provide them with the best opportunity for their desired employment.  As a requirement of employment, these careers will require that a background check be conducted as part of the application and hiring process.  Background checks usually consist of any misdemeanor and felony level convictions, pending criminal cases, civil judgments, arrests, drug use, educational and employment background.

Forensic Investigation students will receive the educational and practical knowledge to secure employment in careers such as a crime scene investigator, medicolegal death investigator, latent print examiner, impression evidence examiner and firearms/ballistic evidence examiner. 

Students completing the Forensic Laboratory emphasis will obtain education for working in disciplines such as a criminalist, forensic chemist, toxicologist, drug analyst, forensic technician or forensic scientist. 

For more information, contact

Criminal Justice Department

criminaljustice@uvu.edu 

801.863.7230

or

Career Development Center 

careerdevelopmentcenter@uvu.edu 

801.863.6364

 

Professional Organizations

Students pursuing a career in the forensic sciences become involved in opportunities that allow them to expand their forensic experiences beyond their education. Professional organizations allow individuals to network, obtain up to date advances in the forensic field, and attend annual meetings of professional forensic science organizations. Many different organizations provide students with this type of association. Several organizations even offer student memberships that can eventually be converted to professional status once the student is employed in the field.

Professional Membership organizations

Forensic Science boards

National organizations & Government Websites

Research websites