In 2015, Emily Lennert received her B.S. in Natural Sciences: Forensic Science specialization from Daemen College.
Continuing her academic career at the University of Central Florida (UCF), Lennert earned an M.S. in forensic science, where she is also currently finishing her Ph.D. in chemistry working with Dr. Candice Bridge at the university’s National Center for Forensic Science in Orlando, FL.
With her research focusing on smokeless powder analysis, gunshot residue and the potential for improvised explosive device applications, Emily has published three peer-reviewed articles during her graduate studies thus far.
After graduate school, Lennert hopes to remain in academia to conduct research and teach forensic chemistry courses.
Lennert credits Daemen faculty member Derrick Swartz for encouraging her interest in research.
“My favorite memory of my time at the college was when I changed my major to natural sciences with a focus on forensic science—and Professor Swartz did not believe me at first,” said Lennert. “However, as soon as he saw I was serious, he immediately suggested that I take on an undergraduate research project and offered to be my research advisor. I felt lucky to have a professor like him who encouraged me to try research, which is now what I want to do professionally.”