Day: August 12, 2022

Advisor FAQ #1

When should I see an advisor?

Early October and March! The next class schedule releases in these months and enrollment opens in the following month, so it’s the sweet spot to get together and make a plan. Of course, go see them anytime in between if something comes up.

Oklahoma City Police Department Crime Scene Practicum

 

I am extremely thankful for the opportunity I was given to intern with OKCPD. I now know without a doubt that this is the job I was meant to do and it is something that I will be able to handle. It was a fear of mine that I wouldn’t be able to handle the death and sadness than can come with the job but because of the internship I know that I will be able to do it with the right mind set. I have gained experience throughout the course of this semester that will give me a much better standing when it comes time to apply for jobs. 

 The University of Central Oklahoma has changed the course of my life and I will forever be prideful to have attended this school. The Forensic Science program is one of the most prestigious in the country and I feel I have gotten to learn from some of the best in the game. I have built relationships with the people at OKPD and gained experience that I never imagined I would be able to while attending school. I have learned a great deal about ethics and techniques used while processing crime scenes and the grit that it takes to be successful in this line of work.”

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Practicum

During my Practicum with Oklahoma State’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, or OCME, I gained irreplaceable experience. The culture, attitudes, and passion for forensic pathology and investigation that is present within every individual at OCME truly embody the nature of compassion that should be presented with servicing decedents and their loved ones. Within OCME, there are numerous professions that merge to achieve the goal of establishing cause and manner of death while providing information and resources to the bereaved. As a student who is interested in investigative work, forensic pathology, and the study of grief, my time with OCME was emotionally fulfilling while allowing me to gain professional experience in each of these fields. The team of Medicolegal death investigators with whom I shadowed presented a complex understanding of a variety of subjects within law enforcement, forensics, and social work. As such, I had the ability to bring in knowledge that I have gained from my degree programs and apply such knowledge to their everyday duties. As a Practicum student, I was able to attend death scenes, assist and observe in the morgue during post-mortem examinations, listen to death calls while writing information on call sheets, and more. Although there is standard protocol in each of their responsibilities as death investigators, they exhibit an ability to adapt to the uniqueness present within every case.”

Practicum with the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System

“Overall, I think working with Oklahoma Indigent Defense System was a great opportunity as I got to apply myself, practice what I learned, and get a better in depth look into the defense system. I would definitely recommend this practicum to other students who are looking to learn more on the legal system.”