All chemistry majors carry out research as a requirement for graduation. Forensic science students are encouraged to do the same. Students may participate in research with any department that has projects of interest to them. Recent examples include collaborations with Biology, Classics, Criminal JusticePhysics, and Psychology faculty and/or students. Many students perform more than the required number of hours for additional credit or pay.

Research projects completed in recent years include:

  • Analysis of archaeological artifacts from ancient Roman and Etruscan sites
  • Nano-scale delivery systems
  • Analysis of the factors that influence the infrared spectra of pollen grains
  • Organic reactions by microwave irradiation
  • Fire propagation dynamics

There are several opportunities for compensated student research. Saint Anselm College is currently receiving funding from the NH-INBRE grant, focusing on biomedical applications of research, through which summer research fellowships are available.

Additionally, the Father Michael Custer Summer Research Grant is awarded for a summer research position in collaboration with Chemistry faculty.

In addition to on campus opportunities, many students have also obtained summer industry positions or received internships. Others have participated in academic summer research programs at major research institutions.

This research is presented on campus (SOAR or Mind Over Major, for example) or at meetings of learned societies. Internship presentations are given as seminars to classes and faculty.  Copies of presentations given by students in collaboration with faculty in our department, though any of these opportunities, in recent academic years can be seen here:


Presentations in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Saint Anselm College SOAR Poster Presentations - Manchester, NH - April 2018

  • Skye Allen (Forensic Science ’18), Amanda Bickford (Forensic Science and Criminal Justice ’18), Deanna Bissonnette (Forensic Science ’18), Prof. Matthew Hurley: Fluorescent Silica Nanoparticles for Fingerprint Analysis (PDF/700 KB)

  • Zoie Cavotta (Chemistry and Secondary Education '18), Prof. Carolyn Weinreb and Prof. Aubrey Schopner-Torres: Electrocution Lab: The Results of a Summative Assignment in an Honors Level High School Chemistry Class

  • Andrew Cilento (Chemistry '18), Prof. Nicole Eyet and Prof. William Ryerson: Flame Height and Heat Release Rates at Ignition Phase (PDF/561KB)

  • Alexandra Duffy  (Biochemistry '18), Amelia McCue (Chemistry '18), Rebecca Olson (Biology '20), Nate Shannon (Biochemistry '19), Cole Hediger (Biochemistry '19) and Emerald-Denis Karic (Biology '18), Prof. Bob Vallari. Employing GST-SH2 Fusion Proteins to Search for Phosphotyrosine-containing Proteins in the Yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe.

  • Elizabeth Holt (Chemistry '18), Prof. Matthew Hurley: Protein Functionalized Catanionic Vesicles (PDF/936KB)

  • Elizabeth Lomuscio (Chemistry '18), Prof. Mary Kate Donais: X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy Analysis of Illuminated Manuscripts

  • Kelsie Nern (Chemistry '18), Prof. Carolyn Weinreb: Progression on the Synthesis of Ethynyladamantane and 1,3,5,7-Tetraethynyladamantane

  • Paul Zayka (Chemistry '20), Prof. Matthew Hurley: Incorporation of Hydrophobicly Modified Blycoconjugates into Cationic Vesicles


Internship Presentations - April 2018 (Oral Presentation)

  • Elizabeth Lomuscio (Chemistry '18): Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab
  • Skye Allen (Forensic Science '18): New Hampshire Medical Examiner's Office


SciX presented by the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies, Reno, NV - September 2017


Presentations in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Internship Presentations - September 2017 (Oral Presentation)

  • Jayme Ayers (Forensic Science '18): Tilton Police Department


Saint Anselm College SOAR Poster Presentations - Manchester, NH - April 2017


Mind Over Major - Saint Anselm College - April 2017 (Oral Presentation)

  • Mina Alrais (Chemistry ’17), Prof. Mary Kate Donais: Effects of Mortar Sample Preparation Approaches on X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry (XRF)


68th International Arson Investigators International Training Conference - Las Vegas, NV - April 2017 (Oral Presentation)

  • Marissa Persichini (Forensic Science '17) with William Ryerson, Nicole Eyet and Andrew Cox: Exploring the Relevance & Reliability of Witness Statements in Fire Investigations


SciX presented by the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies, Providence, RI - September 2016 (Poster Presentation)


Presentations from prior to 2016 can be seen below.



Briana Capistran '16

"My education trained me to look at the legal issues in my cases with a scientific eye, which means I view reports and evidence more critically."