Graduate Student Launches Second Career in Forensic Technology
Graduate Student Launches Second Career in Forensic Technology


After nearly 15 years of working in public affairs for the U.S. Air Force, Paula Kurtz ’17 M.S. was looking to take her career in a new direction. When she was exploring the various paths she might take next, she stumbled upon a book by renowned forensic scientist Dr. Henry C. Lee about his adventures in crime scene investigation.

“That led me to a Graduate Open House here at UNH, where I toured the campus, met several of the program’s engaging faculty and learned more about the new forensic technology program and graduate application process,” she said. “I was impressed with the concept of experiential learning that UNH embraces, and I decided that this program would be a great fit.”


Paula Kurtz '17 M.S.

Kurtz, who has been based in Iraq, South Korea and Germany and at the Pentagon, raved about the real-world experience that her professors bring into the classroom. “They are all very happy to share their stories with students,” she said.

This summer, she will pursue an internship to learn more about what it will be like to be a crime scene investigator.

“There’s such a wealth of knowledge, experiences and opportunities to be found here at UNH, whether engaging with your professors, your fellow students or other University staff,” she said.

Read more about Kurtz and her experiences at UNH.


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