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The Department of Forensic and Investigative Science at West Virginia University is recognized as a top program nationally for the high-quality education it delivers to students, preparing them to be forensic professionals. With research-active faculty, a student-centric philosophy, a contemporary curriculum, world-class equipment, and superior facilities, students in Forensic and Investigative Science receive a unique scientific and hands-on learning experience. With a new PhD program in forensic science (effective July 1, 2016), WVU becomes the only institution in the US to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in forensic science.

Collaboration with NIKON

The department maintains a collaborative partnership with Nikon, Inc. through the annual Nikon Locker program. Students use the latest Nikon DSLR cameras and lenses throughout their course work, thus developing a comprehensive forensic photography skill set. Applied Biosystems has helped provide unprecedented access to cutting-edge technology and global DNA profiling capabillites. Through a gift by Cogents Systems, now 3M Cogent, our students have a computer laboratory that provides access to AFIS and IBIS systems, contemporary biometric identification systems used nationally.

Glen P. Jackson
Glen P. Jackson

Through the generosity of accomplished entrepreneur and philanthropist, Ming Hsieh, the department has an endowment that supports two name professorships and a faculty development fund. A recent gift by the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation has allowed us to award the first department-based scholarships to four meritorious juniors and seniors.

For more information please contact:

 Glen P. Jackson
Ming Hsieh Distinguished Professor
Forensic and Investigative Science &
C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry
West Virginia University
308 Oglebay Hall
Morgantown, WV 26506-6121
T: +1-304-293-9236
E: glen.jackson at