Student Researchers Present at PA Forensic Science Symposium


Restek’s Michelle Misselwitz discusses forensic applications with student researchers.

The 3rd annual Pennsylvania Forensic Science Student Research Exchange Symposium was held April 5-6, 2013 at The Pennsylvania State University (PSU). Restek was pleased to sponsor this event, as it provides an important opportunity for students in accredited forensic science programs to present their research to faculty, peers, and forensic professionals.

The program began with a job fair reception, during which Restek employees Julie Kowalski, Michelle Misselwitz, and Frances Carroll (all PSU alumni themselves) enjoyed discussing chromatography, forensics, and job opportunities at Restek with potential applicants. Networking opportunities continued following the job fair during the technical poster session. Students presented their work and, according to Restek’s Jack Cochran who also attended, did an outstanding job discussing both the technical aspects and practical applications of their research.

The symposium continued the next day with four sessions of technical presentations. Talks covered a wide range of current topics in forensic science, including chromatographic detection and quantification of drugs, contaminant source identification for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the environment, and comparison of manual and automated DNA extraction protocols.

As a leading chromatography company, Restek is pleased to sponsor this annual event and appreciates the opportunity to meet with so many talented young researchers. To view current job opportunities at Restek, visit