The Delaware State University Forensic Science Program recently received strong support from the National Science Foundation, which has awarded DSU a three-year, $400,000 HBCU-UP grant to support the Collaborative Science Initiative Delaware.

This project aims to strengthen the Forensic Biology Program at DSU, to enhance the education and experience of current and future students enrolled in the programs, resulting in pursuit of accreditation by the Forensic Science Education Program Accreditation Commission.

CSI Delaware will revise the forensic biology curriculum, increase collaboration between DSU and forensic science laboratories and professional organizations and increase opportunities for student internship placement, professional development and mentorship.

This project is interdisciplinary and is the joint effort of members of the College of Agriculture, Science and Technology and the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.

The principal investigator of the grant is Krystal Hans, director of the Forensic Biology Program in the Department of Biological Sciences. The co-principal investigator is Kylie Parrotta, the academic adviser of the Collegiate Chapter of NOBLE in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice.