Christina Mulligan Yeager ’09


DNA Analyst, United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory

The forensic science program at Cedar Crest College is undeniably the best forensic program in the field. It rigorously prepares its students for successful employment and produces strong, versatile scientists. The program’s multi-discipline/generalist structure offers several benefits.

Each student has the chance to study each discipline in forensic science, making their multi-faceted background attractive to potential employers. Rather than obtaining a specialty in one aspect of forensic science, the students who graduate from the program are well-prepared and qualified candidates for jobs in several areas of forensic science. In addition, the generalist structure allows each student to appreciate how each individual discipline working together as a whole produces an effective and efficient science.

Some attractive qualities about the program include the wonderful professors who, with years of knowledge and expertise in the forensic science field, dedicate their time to providing each and every student a one-on-one, hands-on educational experience.

The opportunity for students to perform independent research and subsequently graduate with a thesis as well as potential publications in renowned forensic science journals, and the program’s capability to fund students’ research presentations at professional forensic science conferences (regional, national, and international)—which helps its graduates be several steps ahead of students graduating from similar programs—are additional reasons I loved the program at Cedar Crest.

Above all, Cedar Crest offers a challenging program with highly qualified professors that mold their forensic science students into exceptional criminalists. The knowledge and confidence that graduates of the forensic science program at Cedar Crest College gain are unparalleled, and it is apparent when Cedar Crest graduates enter the workforce.

Cedar Crest has definitely prepared me for a successful career in the field. The program not only provided me with the solid scientific and forensic background (both conceptual through classroom learning and experimental with hands-on experience using forensic science instrumentation) that I needed to enter the workforce but provided the means for a job offer.

Attending forensic science conferences is a great way to showcase one’s talents and increase visibility and understanding of the field through social networking, which is the way that a number of graduates, including myself, receive job offers. I have the forensic science program at Cedar Crest College and its wonderful, dedicated professors to thank for my wonderful job as a forensic DNA analyst at the United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory.

Without the experience and learning obtained at Cedar Crest College, I would not be as confident and comfortable in my position providing forensic DNA analysis for the United States Armed Forces.