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November 2010

UCO Establishes First-Ever National Honor Society for Forensic Science

 

Advancing its reputation as a leader in forensic science, the University of Central Oklahoma’s Forensic Science Institute (FSI) has established the first international honor society for Forensic Science, Delta Delta Epsilon, and is currently accepting applications for membership from both students and forensic science professionals.

The only one of it’s kind in the U.S., Delta Delta Epsilon, meaning “justice through science” in the Greek alphabet, is dedicated to recognizing and encouraging excellence in scholarship in Forensic Science, with the mission to function as an honor and professional society for Forensic Science students.

“President Webb has a vision to create the finest Forensic Science program in the world at Central,” said Dr. Dwight Adams, director of Central’s FSI.

“Central’s Forensic Science Institute has now taken another step toward that goal by establishing an international Forensic Sciences Honor Society dedicated to stimulating academic achievement and advancing the fields of forensic science.”

The society recently established its first chapter, Alpha, at Central, which currently consists of the society’s 10 founding members – all current faculty for Central’s Forensic Science Institute, representing more than 200 years of forensic science experience.

Colleges and universities that grant baccalaureate or advanced degrees in one or more of the forensic sciences, which support Delta Delta Epsilon’s mission, may establish chapters or individual membership affiliations with the society.

Application for membership is now open, welcoming undergraduate (junior or above) and graduate students as well as forensic science professionals to apply.

Student membership requires a current minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and 12 semester hours successfully completed within their institution’s forensic science program.

“Student membership to the society is competitive and limited to forensic science students who have displayed excellence during their collegiate career,” said Adams.

“Recognition in the society will be an excellent example of student achievement at Central and an early indicator of a successful professional.”

The society also is open to professional members who are forensic science alumni of collegiate chapters of the society. Others may be elected to professional membership if they have made a distinctive and significant contribution to the profession of forensic science.

For more information or for membership applications, visit www.uco.edu/forensics, or contact the UCO Forensic Science Institute at (405) 974-6911.

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