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How Do I Become a Forensic Scientist?

November 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The program

Are you a student thinking about a career as a forensic scientist? If so, join us for an opportunity to get academic and career advice from Marsena Craig, a Forensic Specialist at the Kansas City Police Crime Laboratory. During this interactive Q&A session, students will have the chance to ask questions about coursework, internships, college and certificate programs, and anything else about becoming a successful forensic scientist!

Parents, teachers, and mentors are also encouraged to participate.

The speaker

Marsena Craig is a Forensic Scientist at the Kansas City Police Crime Laboratory specializing in DNA analysis. A bulk of her work focuses on performing biological screening examinations of evidence from sexual and domestic assault cases. With this expertise, Marsena regularly provides training for sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs), teaching evidence collection techniques and best practices. In addition to her work in the laboratory and as an educator, Marsena is the secretary of the Kansas City Interdisciplinary Response to Sexual Assault (KCIRSA) and serves on the Board of Directors for Collection of Victim Evidence Regarding Sexual Assault (COVERSA).

Marsena earned a BS in biology from Jackson State University and a Master’s in forensic science from the University of Central Oklahoma. She has testified as an expert witness in Jackson County, Cass County, Leavenworth, Kansas, and the 8th District Federal Court in Kansas City, Missouri.

Accessing the program

This free, livestream program will take place via Zoom. Registration is currently open and will remain open until the event has ended. After you register you will receive an email with a link to join the session.

Click here to register!


The Linda Hall Library encourages people of all backgrounds and abilities to participate in our public programs. Closed captioning is provided. If you require additional reasonable accommodations in order to participate, please contact events@lindahall.org or call 816.926.8753 at least 24 hours in advance of the event.

Once you register for this event, you will receive email communications from the Linda Hall Library and the Linda Hall Library Foundation. You may choose to opt out of these communications at any time. Your contact information will not be sold or provided to any third parties.

This program is funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Its content is solely the responsibility of the Linda Hall Library.

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November 12
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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