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Ryki Vance

Forensic Science Graduate Student
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About Me

I am a native of Detroit, Michigan. I received my bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Alcorn State University, and HBCU located in Lorman, Mississippi. My hobbies include reading, learning new things, traveling when possible, anime, and video games. I am a nerd at heart! I chose the forensic program at Penn State because pursuing a career in forensic science has been a dream of mine since I was a freshman in high school and I’ve planned on attending grad school since then.

Penn has a FEPAC accredited program, is known across the country for the research conducted at the university, and for producing the best-of-the-best. I was also offered the chance to visit the department for an interview (which is something other schools didn’t do) and everyone from staff and professors to current students made me feel welcomed and like I belonged despite the fact I hadn’t been accepted yet. The visit solidified my choice and I cant wait to attend and learn under the amazing teachers with years’ worth of industry experience and alongside other scholars who themselves are doing great things.