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Nicole Wallace

Nicole Wallace is a graduate of our Forensic Science Program. She graduated in May 2008, and has a B.S. in Chemistry, a B.S. in Biochemistry, with a minor in Biology. In addition, Nicole obtained her ACS certification as well as the Biomedical Criminalistics certification.

Nicole has been very active in the Forensic Science Club; during the academic years 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 Nicole served as Vice President, and for the academic year 2008-2009 she served as President. Among many other things, Nicole scheduled guest speakers for club events as well as a lab tour at Alliance Forensic Labs. Nicole played a lead role in organizing the CSI Family Day hosted by the club and program for the 6th Floor Museum at the Dealey Plaza, and the success of the event was very largely due to her efforts.

Nicole's undergraduate research consisted of fire research. She did an internship at Armstrong Forensics Laboratory in Arlington, where she did ignitable liquid analysis and some failure and cause analysis, both with GC/MS. Nicole also worked at Goodson Engineering in Denton where she did research in fire analysis with SEM, X-ray, and a splicing microscope. She has also done research in atmospheric and combustion chemistry with Dr. Paul Marshall in the UNT Chemistry Department, and is expecting to have a publication on this research in the summer or fall of this year.

Nicole is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and attended the AAFS annual conference this past February. She also attended the Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists and presented her poster on Non-Destructive Test Methods.

Currently, Nicole is a Master's student in the Chemistry Master's program here at UNT and is doing research with Dr. Verbeck. Nicole's plans for the future are to be a Forensic Chemist, working in either forensic toxicology or fire/arson research.

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