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Ryan Schonert

Ryan Schonert

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329 Whitmore Lab
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 863-6758


My name is Ryan Schonert, and I am from Fairmount, IL. I graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL in 2016 with a B.S. in Chemistry. After spending my undergraduate years searching for a career direction, I fell in love with forensic science as a way to practically apply lab skills to the needs of criminal justice. I applied to the Penn State Master's program for forensic chemistry because the staff and faculty demonstrated a dedication to high quality education while providing hands-on experience. I hope to use my education from Penn State in either the public or private sector working in a crime lab.  In my free time I enjoy superhero movies, disc golf, and playing music.  

Research Interests

My research with Dr. Hietpas explores the secondary transfer of gunshot residue (GSR) to bystanders not present during firearm discharge events. We will use SEM-EDS to analyze samples taken from the hands of shooters and bystanders involved in a number of mock shooting scenarios.