Lauren (DiFonzo) Rogers, ’16, recently graduated from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Forensic Examiner Academy (NFEA).
Rogers, who is a forensic criminologist with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Laboratory, graduated from Niagara University with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry in 2016. In her role with the sheriff’s office, she analyzes casework in both the Controlled Substance Section as well as the Firearms Section of the laboratory.
“When I chose NU I liked how small the class sizes were. Over time it became much more than that,” said Rogers. “The professors along with the research that I was able to work on with them, helped prepare me for where I am today. Niagara University is more than just academics it's where lifetime friendships are made and careers start.”
Last year, Lauren was one of only 11 firearms analysts from across the United States to be selected to attend the NFEA. The NFEA is a one year program that provides training for apprentice/entry level firearm and toolmark examiners from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The academy curriculum is comprised of the fundamentals of firearms and toolmark examinations and serves as a basis for the trainee, under supervision, to develop into a qualified firearm and toolmark examiner.
Niagara University’s department of chemistry, biochemistry and physics fosters the professional development of students through academic excellence, enabling them to compete in a technological society. The department provides its majors with a thorough understanding of basic and modern concepts of chemistry, biochemistry, and physics; the ability to analyze and apply scientific concepts to technical problems, the development of laboratory skills, and the development of a strong sense of professionalism.