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Olesia Headen

Forensic Science Graduate Student
The Campbell Lab

I am from Randleman, North Carolina and am I recent alumna of North Carolina Central University. In the Spring of 2022, I received my Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, with a Concentration in Forensic Science, and a Minor in Biology. As a student, I worked on various projects relating to latent fingerprint development and researching how to reuse biocatalyst.

I chose to attend Penn State for multiple reasons. I appreciated the holistic and hands-on approach the program offered. I also really appreciated the small cohort sizes and the warm environment that was extended during my various interactions with people affiliated with the program. In addition to the program, I chose to attend Penn State because of the network and resources I was exposed to as a prospective student as a courtesy of the Office of Graduate Education Equity Programs (OGEEP). The opportunities afforded to me by OGEEP, including the STEM Open House, is a critical component of why I choose Penn State and my comfort with the campus.

In the Spring, I will begin doing research under Dr. William Campbell regarding the ionization and derivation analysis of THC positional isomers via LC-MS/MS.