Naria Ford-Thompson

My hometown when I was a student was

Gwinn, MI

I graduated in


I studied


I currently live in

Pittsburgh, PA

I am now

Forensic Scientist

Since graduating from Alma

I obtained my Masters of Science in Forensic Science from Marshall University which I finished up this past May. While I was there, I worked as a Graduate Assistant and did research regarding analyzing the components of electronic cigarette liquid refills. I am now working for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office as a Forensic Scientist in their controlled substances department.

My Alma education

The education I received at Alma is directly related to where I am now. The direct exposure I had to different instrumentation and my independent research alongside Dr. Melissa Strait gave me an advantage when it came to applying for graduate programs and jobs. I was able to excel in my graduate program and graduate with honors because of the well-rounded education I received at Alma College, and I still utilize everything I’ve learned then to this day!