UCO Forensic Science Graduate Student Recognized as an 'Outstanding Oklahoma Mentor'

Caitlin Porterfield, both a graduate student and academic program coordinator for the University of Central Oklahoma’s W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute, was recently recognized with the Outstanding Oklahoma Mentor award by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Boren Mentoring Initiative.

March 14, 2014

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UCO FORENSIC SCIENCE GRADUATE STUDENT RECOGNIZED AS AN ‘OUTSTANDING OKLAHOMA MENTOR’

Caitlin Porterfield, both a graduate student and academic program coordinator for the University of Central Oklahoma’s W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute, was recently recognized with the Outstanding Oklahoma Mentor award by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Boren Mentoring Initiative.

Porterfield was recognized for her work with the Oklahoma chapter of Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), a U.S. Department of Education program devoted to preparing and encouraging low-income students to purse higher education.

Porterfield, a Norman native, volunteered more than 100 hours of her time working with GEAR UP students to educate them about what her forensic science program at Central includes, from taking fingerprints and footprint molds to processing crime scenes.           

“Caitlin provides a spark that could be a catalyst to greater things for our students and we really appreciate her taking the time to provide it,” said Stacy Harris, a mentoring coordinator at GEAR UP.           

“I have a special place in my heart for kids and believe they should be afforded every opportunity to pursue an education despite their socioeconomic status,” said Porterfield, a former high school chemistry teacher.           

“Introducing forensic science as a possible career path and allowing students hands-on experience with forensic tools and techniques will hopefully encourage them to attend college, make good decisions, and achieve other GEAR UP initiatives,” she added.           

UCO’s world-class Forensic Science Institute is committed to academic excellence and real world professional experience for its students. This unique program offers hands-on training and research in all aspects of evidence collection, preservation, analysis, reporting, and testimony.

For more information about forensics degree programs at Central, visit www.uco.edu/forensics/. For more information about GEAR UP, visit www.okhighered.org/gearup.

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Cutline: Caitlin Porterfield, both a graduate student and academic program coordinator for the University of Central Oklahoma’s W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute, was recently recognized with the Outstanding Oklahoma Mentor award by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Boren Mentoring Initiative.