Alumni Reflections and Insights
Our graduates have pursued many avenues in their professional careers. From pursuing a Master's to a Ph.D. degree to teaching at the University level, to Medical School, Law School, provincial and national law enforcement agencies, forensics and pathology agencies.
Alyssa was a Symons medal recipient and graduated in Spring 2017. She is currently in training with the Ontario Provincial Police to become an OPP Officer.
During the three years I spent completing a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science, I was able to participate as a member of the Forensic Science Society where we planned events for the department and students. I was able to gain hands on experience in mock crime scene investigations at the Crime Scene house throughout my degree and in real life during my placement with the Lethbridge Regional Police. In my final year, as an academic assistant for FRSC 1010 and 1011 I was able to demonstrate the knowledge I had gained in this program. Since the forensic science program was smaller, I was able to connect with professors and classmates easily. I also had the opportunity in my second year to volunteer in the laboratory of Dr. Saville to gain experience in the lab which led me to complete an honors thesis and compete in 3 Minute Thesis Presentation. The knowledge gained in the classroom and through hands on experience in the labs led me to apply to a Masters in Forensic Science at the University of Auckland, where I will be pursuing my interest in research related to forensic science.
Kayla has been working as a Forensics DNA Analyst at Maxxam Analytics, a private forensic testing laboratory in Guelph Ontario, since finishing her joint major degree in Forensic Science and Biology.
After completing her undergrad in forensics, Kristi went on to do a master's with Dr. Barry Saville. She is now working as a Forensic Service Technologist for the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service in Toronto, as she continues her graduate work.
Upon graduation from by BSc.FS, I took a job offer back home at the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute. We are focused on patient-centered research for disease prevention, early detection and image-guided treatment, specifically working to optimize molecular diagnostic technologies using MRI, PET-CT, etc. Just like at Trent, I’m a part of a multi-disciplinary team. I’m learning a lot about the “business of science”, and am adding to my skill set daily. I’ve been accepted to the Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics, a Master of Science degree at Sarah Lawrence College in New York; I’ll begin my studies in September 2012. Once the two-year in-class and clinical training is complete, I can write my qualification exams to become certified and begin practicing. After gaining work experience (maybe overseas?), I hope to return to my community in Northern Ontario and expand our medical genetics program. Our isolated communities require direct access to genetic counselling to reflect a complete and contemporary healthcare system.
I chose to pursue a career in law because during my time at Trent I discovered a true passion for the subject. I found it challenging and interesting and I consistently found myself excited to go to my law-related classes throughout the Forensic's program. In my second year, I had the opportunity to complete my mentorship placement with the Crown Attorney's office in my hometown. After seeing the law play out in the "real world", I decided that not only was it a subject that I enjoyed learning about, but that law was a field which would allow me to make a tangible contribution to my community. I really like the idea of pursuing a career that allows me to help others and which constantly presents me with new and unexpected challenges and law seemed to fit that bill perfectly.
After I graduated in 2009, I continued with an MSc in Pathology at the University of Western Ontario. I finished that program this summer, and am now employed as a supervisor and pathology scientist in the pathology department at Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge. I didn't always know that pathology was the specific area I would pursue. While I was at Trent, the program offered a career panel night where different experts in forensic fields came and described their jobs. One of those professionals was a pathology assistant. I got in contact with him after that night, and he gave me more details about his job, and how to pursue that career. After that I knew that pathology was for me, and I haven't looked back since.
Amanda finished her Forensic Science degree and went on to complete a master's at UOIT. She is now working as a toxicologist at Center of Forensic Science in Toronto. She currently teaches the Forensic Toxicology course this Fall.
Lindsay T. (2008)
After completing her undergrad in forensic science Lindsay went on to complete a master's degree with Dr. Paul Wilson at Trent. She then attended law school at Dalhousie in Halifax and was called to the bar in 2014. She now works as a lawyer at Becket Personal Injury Lawyers in London Ontario.
Lindsay R. (2008)
After completing her Forensic Science degree, Lindsay moved to the west coast has been working as a civilian member of the RCMP in the Integreated Forensic Identification Services in BC. This unit is responsible for lifting fingerprints and other types of physical evidence like shoe or tire impressions and performing analysis, comparison, evaluation and verification.