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Advisor FAQ #6

To get the fastest reply from FSI advising, students should:

– Include their UCO ID number*
– Send it from their UCO email*
– Attach pictures of errors or things they are having trouble with so I can see
what they’re seeing
– If it’s time sensitive, give the timeline so I know you need a fast reply and
– If it isn’t a Katherine-specific question, email it to
instead of Katherine directly, since more than one person monitors the FSI

Advisor FAQ #5

Did you know?:

· There is a new FSI advising email! Instead of emailing just Katherine, you can email the FSI Advising Team for potentially quicker response times: Don’t forget to include your UCO ID number and use your UCO email!

· The summer financial aid form is out! Don’t forget to fill it out if you’re taking May intercession and/or summer classes.

· Majoring in Forensic? Make sure to attend the FSI Student Success Presentation ASAP to learn common graduation mistakes & how to avoid them.

Advisor FAQ #4

We can all use a little financial advice.



UCO Office of Student Conduct/Title IX Practicum Reflection

I completed my Forensic Science practicum at the Offices of Student Conduct and Title IX at UCO. Title IX has an extensive history and immense importance for all educational institutions today and still has room and the need to grow. At UCO, Title IX’s policies are upheld by an office of staff who perform interviews and investigations, provide resources, and assign sanctions. As their Intern, I performed a variety of duties including note-taking, interviewing, and completing an individual semester project. This assignment provided me with life-skills such as professionalism and impartiality as well as giving me a better picture of what I would like to do with my Forensic Science degree in the future. I was gratified to realize during this practicum placing that I was actively using the information that I learned in classes like Criminal Procedures, Behavioral Aspects of Crime Scenes, and Forensic Psychology. I am very grateful to have had this opportunity and truly believe that I have gained skills that I will take into my career.

Advisor FAQ #3

How do I know which degree sheet to use?

Your default degree sheet is the academic year you started at UCO. An academic year starts in fall and ends in summer, like Fall 2020 through Summer 2021 is one academic year. For example, if you started at UCO in Summer 2021, you are on the 2020 – 2021 catalog. This can dramatically change your graduation plan of which classes you need and/or how many credits it takes to graduate. When planning classes, it’s super important you know your specific situation and don’t just “do what other students are doing” because you might pay for something that doesn’t count accidentally.

Advisor FAQ # 2

What does the FSI advisor do in an appointment?

The FSI advisor pre-reviews your transcript for errors and grade forgiveness options. Students would be surprised at how many errors or GPA corrections I catch in a week! Together, you review where your credits are counting, how many are still needed, and make a tentative graduation timeline. You also review the less obvious information like credits you may need outside of what your majors require (most common mistake delaying graduation) and resources like the career guide and how to choose effective electives (most common issue preventing students from getting their top capstone choice). It’s a time to voice your concerns and roadblocks as well as game plan for the future.

Shoals Field Wildlife Forensic Science Study Tour

This amazing whale photograph was taken by UCO undergraduate student Jackson Dunn, while viewing marine wildlife with UCO classmates and faculty from the deck of the University of New Hampshire Research Vessel (R/V) Gulf Challenger, during our recent Gulf of Maine travel course. Fin whales can attain a length of 80 feet and weigh in excess of 70 tons.  UCO students and faculty explored oceanic wildlife in the Gulf of Maine during their participation in Field Wildlife Forensic Science 2022. The marine forensic science and wildlife conservation travel course is a semiannual, collaborative effort of the W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute, the UCO Department of Biology, the CMS Center for Wildlife Forensic Science and Conservation Studies, and the Shoals Marine Laboratory. UCO participants joined students and faculty from other academic institutions and government agencies and engaged in transformative marine biology field station and oceanic research vessel experiences. UCO faculty included Drs. Wayne Lord, Rhonda Williams, and Victoria Jackson.

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.”