Texas Tech University

Welcome Letter from Dr. Paine, Graduate Program Director



Welcome to the Graduate program in Forensics Sciences at Texas Tech. We are committed to excellence in teaching, nationally recognized research, and outstanding service to the university, profession and community. I think you'll find this an energized program with approximately 40 graduate students and nearly 100 undergraduate students in the minor program. We are in the process of revising the program and are excited about its future. We have an excellent and helpful staff that is here to answer your questions and to assist you during your time at TTU.  

We are closely connected to the undergraduate minor program in forensic sciences; a program that is 12 years old with a large undergraduate enrollment. We are proud to announce that we are now academically housed in the College of Art and Sciences which enables our students to take full advantage of the resources provided by that college. Along with the resources provided by the main campus at Texas Tech, our program is uniquely supported by the Law School and its library, the Medical School with its library, a strong Toxicology program, as well as the Forensic Sciences Institution and its resources. Nowhere else can one find a forensic program with all of these resources and opportunities on a single campus.

I think you'll find that our faculty and students alike represent a broad range of interests (from toxicology to criminology). Dedicated to the creation and dissemination of knowledge in the forensic sciences, our faculty are experienced teachers, researchers, and professional leaders at the state, regional and national levels. We take great pride in creating an environment conducive to learning, growth, and development for all of our students.

I hope you'll find this website interesting, informative and easy to navigate. I would encourage you to explore our web page and familiarize yourself with what we have to offer.  

Please do not hesitate to contact me with comments or feedback. I'm very interested in what you have to say. I look forward to meeting and working with you.

Robert R. Paine, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology
Graduate and Minor programs Director


Institute for Forensic Science