Kim Wile, Operation Identification at Texas State

Hundreds of individuals from countries like El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico travel thousands of miles trying to reach the border of the United States of America. These people are often fleeing from poverty, war, political corruption, and violence that dominate the landscape of their country. Many of these undocumented border crossers (UBC) are successful… Continue Reading Kim Wile, Operation Identification at Texas State

Megan Mall, The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency- Dept. of Defense

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the DPAA, is a component of the Department of Defense, whose mission is to account for service members who gave their lives in service to the United States.  I was an intern at the DPAA laboratory on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii.  The DPAA is composed of both civilian… Continue Reading Megan Mall, The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency- Dept. of Defense

Oceanna Hart-Pontejos, Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office

In the fall of 2018, I conducted an internship with the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office (TCMEO), in the department of Death Investigation. This report will describe the organization, the tasks of death investigators in my role as an intern, and it will detail how American views of death affect the process of death investigation.… Continue Reading Oceanna Hart-Pontejos, Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office

Christina Tinsley, Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State

In the Spring of 2019, I conducted an internship under Dr. Kate Spradley on a bioarchaeologocial project pertaining to the preservation and analysis of historical remains. During my internship with the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State (FACTS) I have been tasked with cleaning and inventorying remains exhumed form a historic Austin cemetery. Along with… Continue Reading Christina Tinsley, Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State

Jasmine Gooden, Bexar County Medical Examiners Office

I maintained an internship as a death investigator in the spring of 2019 with the Bexar County Medical Examiners Office. It has been around for over 50 years. My role as the intern is to help death investigators with any tasks around the office, observe them at active scenes, and learn as much as I… Continue Reading Jasmine Gooden, Bexar County Medical Examiners Office