Alumni Spotlight

Sarah Pivovar

M.S. Forensic Science and Law, 2011
B.A. Biochemistry, 2010

PivovarSarah Pivovar is employed by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). The BCI is a state crime lab that analyzes and processes evidence from crime scenes all over Ohio. As a latent print examiner, her duties include processing and analyzing evidence through physical, chemical, and electronic means for the presence of friction ridges.

She also compares prints of value to known fingerprint cards and utilizes the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) for searches and will testify in court on findings. Sarah feels that Duquesne prepared her for a career in forensic science, both in the classroom and out.

According to Sarah, “The program offered courses that covered a wide variety of disciplines within the forensic science field. The small class sizes allowed for more one-on-one time with the instructors, who were all very willing to go above and beyond to help us. Being a member of Phi Sigma Lambda, attending the annual AAFS meetings, getting the opportunity to do research projects, and interning at the Pittsburgh Police Mobile Crime Unit are just a few of the opportunities I had outside of the classroom. Being involved in these helped me grow as a scientist, a leader, and a professional.

"I couldn't be happier in my career — and I have Duquesne to thank for that.”

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