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Are You FBI-ready?

The ORISE Visiting Scientist Program is an educational and training program designed to connect participants with unique resources at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) laboratory. The FBI Laboratory is one of the largest and most comprehensive crime labs in the world. Since 1982, the Laboratory’s Research Unit has welcomed college students, postgraduates and faculty, and given participants valuable research and training experiences that help further the participant’s education, interests and career goals. Participants gain access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, and are able perform research in areas of interest unique to law enforcement and national security under the guidance and mentorship of top leading forensic scientists. These research experiences also allow participants to explore future career opportunities at the FBI.

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With the support of an assigned mentor, participants have authentic research experiences using equipment not found on most college campuses.

Our participants are excited about the educational research they are doing

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    Kyleen Elwick

    After spending four years in the FBI Visiting Scientist Program, Kyleen Elwick, Ph. D., is confident her experience in that program has given her more techniques in her toolkit to enable innovative forensics research.

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    Patrick Rydzak

    Learn about the experience from one of the participants in the FBI Visiting Science Program, including how it has translated into his current career.

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    Adam Richard

    Adam Richard engaged with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and community law enforcement agencies in the identification and analysis of unidentified human remains as part of the FBI Visiting Scientist Program.

  • The VSP provided me the opportunity to learn how to truly run a research program. Time after time, I went through the multiple important stages of performing research at the federal level. This experience benefited me in several ways, but the best thing was that it developed my confidence. After my time in the VSP, I feel prepared to handle research no matter where I end up.


    —Patrick Rydzak
  • I received so much support and encouragement from so many different people that I can safely say I wouldn’t be nearly the scientist I am today if I had not applied to this program. I can’t even begin to count the number of interesting, and sometimes downright amazing, things I was exposed to during my time as a Visiting Scientist. Not only was the research enjoyable, but I was able to build relationships with many members of the case-working units.


    —Adam Richard
  • This was the greatest experience I could have imagined coming out of my Ph.D. I gained so much knowledge and valuable work experience. This program really prepared me for my career and provided me with unmatched opportunities.


    —Kyleen Elwick
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