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Alyssa Smale

Alyssa Smale

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  • Graduate Student
329 Whitmore Lab
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 867-2465


Hi! My name is Alyssa Smale and I am from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. I graduated in 2018 from Lebanon Valley College with a B.S. in Chemistry. I have been interested in forensic science since I was in middle school and Penn State offers everything that I was looking for in a Master's program. Their facilities and faculty provide endless opportunities, and I liked the thought of being part of a small program while attending a big school. I like to stay busy as often as I can, but in my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.

I work with Ralph Ristenbatt doing criminalistics research. My project involves detecting gunshot residue on animal hides using a series of visual and chemical enhancement methods. Once a pattern is detected, it may be possible to determine an approximate muzzle-to-target distance.