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Student researches new techniques for analyzing controlled substances

Logan Hickey | Forensic & Investigative Sciences, Graduate student | Forensic & Investigative Sciences Program Logan Hickey is focused on developing new techniques for analyzing controlled substances by gas chromatography - mass spectrometry (GC-MS).

Why did you choose graduate school at IUPUI?

I chose graduate school at IUPUI because it is one of few good graduate programs in forensic science, backed by the well-respected name of Purdue University, and I was offered an assistantship that waived my tuition and provided a stipend so that I would not have to take out loans to attend the program.

What has been your favorite academic accomplishment/s since you've been here?

My favorite academic accomplishment at IUPUI has been securing the Forensic Science Foundation Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Grant to help fund a portion of my research.

What do you enjoy most about life in Indianapolis?

My favorite thing about life in Indianapolis is that it is a big city with a small town feel. I also like that I can walk most anywhere I want since I live downtown, and this is a very pleasant city to walk around in.

Tell us about your work/research as a graduate student.

My research is focused on developing new techniques for analyzing controlled substances by gas chromatography - mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Specifically, I am developing on-fiber derivatization methods using Total Vaporization Solid Phase Microextraction (TV-SPME) for the analysis of thermally unstable controlled substances that are not typically identified by GC-MS under normal conditions.