Student Achievements

Post Graduate Assessment of BS F&TC Majors

27 students graduated from the BS Forensic and Toxicological Chemistry program between Fall 2018 and Spring 2023 semester. The chart below represents data collected from graduates within the first 6 months of graduation. Over half of our students joined the workforce in entry level analytical chemistry positions in pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and analytical laboratories. A quarter of our students joined as analysts in forensic toxicology and chemistry laboratories. One student pursued graduate studies during this assessment period.

The program has consistently cultivated students with analytical chemistry skills that can be applied in a range of disciplines.


Student Award Winners 2022

American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholastic Achievement Award

Conner Balickie (center) accepting the American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholastic Achievement Award in Chemistry from Dr. Ivona Sasamovich, Chair of Phila. Local ACS (left), and Dr. Grant Dobereiner, Chair of the Awards Committee (right)


American Institute of Chemists Award

Chemistry: Armin Mahdavi


American Institute of Chemistry Award

Biochemistry: Ashley Loignon


The Reid-Fenton Award for Forensic & Toxicological Chemistry

Blake Kerstetter

Chemistry Minor Award

Carley Cirafesi


ACS Award in Analytical Chemistry

Ashley Loignon


ACS Award in Organic Chemistry

Kai Goldenstein Vonkiel


ACS Award in Physical Chemistry

Juliana Hetzel


PPD Pre-Pharmacy Outstanding Students Award

Hunter Trzeciak


PPD Outstanding Student Award

Brooke Kerstetter

F&TC Students: Capstone Chemistry Seminar Presentation Topics (2021-2023)

  • New Biomarker for Monitoring Alcohol Abstinence: Phosphatidylethanol
  • Toxicity of Vaping Vitamin E Acetate and Tetrahydrocannabinol Oil
  • Development and Validation of a HS-GC-FID Method for Blood-Alcohol Analysis
  • Identification of new designer benzodiazepines in illicit drug market: Bromazolam
  • Biomarkers of Air Pollution in Post-Mortem Cellular Observation
  • Analytical Characterization of Novel Benzodiazepines
  • Detection of drugs of abuse through Wastewater Analysis
  • N-Desethyl Isotonitazene: A Newly Identified Novel Psychoactive Substance in the United States
  • The Identification of Synthetic Cannabinoids in Trafficking
  • The Production of Purine-Free Beer
  • Study and synthesis of diarylnornornadiene and the progress towards a viable solar energy storage
  • The Emergence & Analytical Challenges of Designer Benzodiazepines
  • Fentanyl Analogs: Synthesis, Metabolism, and the Rising Threat to Society
  • Emerging Methods for the Analysis of Phenethylamines
  • The Toxicology of Kratom
  • Transdermal Fentanyl: Uses in Modern Medicine
  • The Structure-Activity Relationship of the Psychedelic Drug LSD
  • The chemistry of new synthetic cannabinoids: AD-18, 5F-MDA-19 and pentyl MDA-19
  • Application of Thermal Desorption Sample Introduction for Trace Analysis of Volatiles and Semi-volatiles
  • Development and Validation of a GC-QQQ Method for Smokeless Powder Additives
  • The chemistry of commercially available drug tests: cannabis
  • Identification of Volatile components in the Headspace of Pharmaceutical-grade Fentanyl
  • HPLC-PDA method for the determination of cannabinoids profile in cannabis hemp edibles
  • Synthesis of a PROTAC for the degradation of LRRK2
Group Picture of 6 FTC Graduates Spring 2023
ACS Local Section Philadelphia