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Solving a Crime Similar to Putting Together a Puzzle

A forensic science and chemistry double major, Alyson Shaw ’20 says her experiences at the University of New Haven are preparing her for success.

June 11, 2018

By Renee Chmiel, Office of Marketing & Communications

Alyson Shaw ’20

Alyson Shaw ’20, has always been interested in crime and mysteries. "Solving a case is similar to putting together a puzzle, and I love to figure things out," she says.

This inquisitive nature and passion for cracking a case made her decision to major in forensic science a natural one. "I decided to attend the University of New Haven because it is the best school for my major," she says. "The University offers so many opportunities to learn about the criminal justice and forensic science fields."

To build her understanding of and expertise in the science used to help solve crimes, she added a second major in chemistry. She has served as a chemistry teaching assistant for the past year.

Ultimately, it is the close-knit campus community that Shaw appreciates most about the University. "Faculty members get to know students on a first-name basis," she said. "This gives us a better learning experience.

"The University of New Haven has taught me how to step out of my comfort zone. As a result, I have developed into a stronger person, and I am now more independent and confident." Alyson Shaw ’20