Alumni Outcomes

Five GW Forensic Sciences graduates in the lab

GW’s forensic sciences graduates are employed around the globe in governmental agencies, crime laboratories, medical facilities, legal offices, research centers and more. From DNA analysts and forensic pathologists to law enforcement professionals and crime scene investigators, our comprehensive program is launching the next generation of professionals in the high-demand field of forensic science. It is important to know that background checks, similar to those required for law enforcement officers, are likely to be a condition of employment for forensic scientists.


Recent Alumni Employers



  • American Registry of Pathology
  • Bode Technology Group
  • Capital Clinical Research Associates
  • DC Department of Forensic Sciences
  • DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement



  • Kansas Bureau of Investigation
  • Maryland State Police
  • Metropolitan Police Department of DC
  • Michigan State Police
  • Mission Essential Personnel
  • National Museum of Crime and Punishment
  • Paradigm Solutions
  • Quest Diagnostics
  • Science Applications International Corporation



  • ToxServices LLC
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Utah Bureau of Forensic Toxicology


"Some days I’m trying to explain DNA to a jury or a detective and some days I’m looking at evidence on a molecular level. Either way, having a good background in the science that goes into DNA testing has always been the bottom line in getting the job done."

Jaclyn Benjamin
MFS '14

Annual AAFS Alumni Reception

Each year, the Department of Forensic Sciences hosts an alumni reception at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), usually held in February. The reception, which brings together alumni from graduating classes extending back to 1974, provides a forum for networking and sharing experiences. AAFS is the largest professional organization in the field of forensic science, and often features presenters from GW. Follow us on social media for updates on the reception.


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Alumni Highlights

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For Alumna, Forensics Meets Fashion

As a forensic identification specialist with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Erika Di Palma, MFS ’07, can start her day at the scene of a burglary, where she might be examining shards...

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Alumnus Authors Procedural Guides

Michael S. Maloney, MS '95, authored Death Scene Investigation Procedural Guide and co-authored Crime Scene Investigation Procedural Guide, providing best-practice techniques and...