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Grand Forks, ND

Welcome to Forensic Science!

Welcome to the Forensic Science Program!

The Forensic Science Program at UND has served undergraduates since 1999. Originally intended to provide a science background to law enforcement crime scene personnel, the program in 2004 grew to serve future crime laboratory personnel.

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Program Director: Dr. Phoebe Stubblefield advises the junior and senior students. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Science and an active Forensic Anthropologist.
Fall 2008 office hours:
Wednesdays 1:00-2:30pm &
Thursdays 9:30-11:00am

Dr. Richard Wise is the sophomore advisor. He is a Forensic Psychologist and specializes in witness testimony.
Fall 2008 Office Hours:
Mondays &, Thursdays 1:00-2:00pm
Corwin-Larimore, room 317

Dr. Frank Cuozzo is the freshman advisor. He is a primatologist in the anthropology department with a specialty in Dental Anthropology.
Fall 2008 Office Hours:
Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:00-12:15pm

Please do not hesitate to contact your advisor if you have any needs or concerns, since we are at your service. During peak advising periods (October-November and March-April) advisors can be harder to reach, so book your appointments ahead of time. If you find you have an issue, whether compliment or problem, best addressed by the program director, do not hesitate to contact me.

Each Spring the Dakota Science Center co-hosts Super Science Saturday at the Grand Fork's Gambucci Arena.  The event ran from 10am to 1pm on April 18th and featured activities, demonstrations, and tours from scientists representing numerous departments and programs of the University of North Dakota, as well as science education enthusiasts, Scouts, and public safety officers from the Grand Forks area.  In an annual show of support, several Forensic Science Students participated in guiding primary school children through simple trace evidence activities.  Youngsters were able to view their own fingerprints under a hand lens, observe the effects of the Microblue alternate light source on fluorescent powder, and examine a human hair (sometimes their own!) under the microscope.  Dr. Stubblefield, program Director, assisted by hosting a forensic anthropology table featuring skeletal age and healed trauma displays using real and replica human bone.  In an added bonus, visiting Guatemalan forensic anthropologist Lourdes Penados shared her skeletal expertise with visitors to this table!  Despite the cooler weather the event was well attended and presenters were very busy.  A great time was had by all!

Lourdes Penados
Lourdes Penados, Guatemalan forensic anthropologist hosts skeletal scholars.

Forensic Science students guide youngsters through several activities.


October 4-8, 2010

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Forensic Science Welcomes New Staff

The Forensic Science Program welcomes the arrival of Dr. Igor Ovtchinnikov, molecular biologist!  Dr. Ovtchinnikov will be contributing to the development of the forensic biology components of the program curriculum, and will be a frequent instructor of the introductory forensic science course.  Dr. Ovtchinnikov has research interests in human genetic diversity and Neandertal DNA.  He can be reached through email at


New Developments in the FS Teaching Lab.  An FT-IR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer) was recently added to the lab.  This acquisition was supported by an NSF grant and the generous support of Gowan Construction.

Dr. Phoebe Stubblefield, Forensic Science Program Director

Support the UND Forensic Science Program!

Whether you are a graduate, a forensic science specialist, or an interested citizen, there are numerous ways to support the forensic science program!  Opportunities exist in the near future and for years to come.

The main lab bench, featuring microscopes for student activities such as hair and fiber analysis. This area also contains storage space for student materials and lab supplies.  A separate faculty research space is visible through the doorway to the right.   
This corner of the lab houses the X-ray machine for security and osteological training.  The dark object beside it is the revolving door for the darkroom.

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