Melanie Stevens

  • Melanie Stevens
  • Position: Undergraduate student
  • Expected Graduation Date: December 2012
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Research Interests

I am interested in doing forensic science and working in a crime lab. The following is a list of some of my responsibilities in the Lamp Lab:

  • - Collecting Bt corn, processing transgenic maize by grinding up corn tissue samples for analysis
  • - Packaging and processing carbon, nitrogen, and hydrogen capsules filled with grounded corn tissue
  • - Measuring chlorophyll production and toughness of corn tissue
  • - DNA analysis; PCR of potato leaf hopper to determine the affect of antibiotics on bacteria within the potato leaf hopper at different concentrations
  • - Sorting, identifying, and processing freshwater invertebrates from various streams during different times of the year
  • - Greenhouse care
  • - Collecting and recording experimental data; data input
  • - Assisting in graduate research


  • B.A. Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Expected Graduation December 2012
  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-4454


  • Criminal Justice Student Association, February 2011-present
  • - Providing extracurricular opportunities to further explore critical issues involving criminology and criminal justice
  • - Providing students with valuable information for making decisions about career choices, further graduate level study, and law school
  • - Providing students with opportunities for academic and social interaction, and access to criminology and criminal justiceresearchers, teachers, and practitioners representing a variety of government, academic and commercial corporate and non-profit organizations
  • Sister to Sister, April 2009-September 2010
  • - Served as mentors and academic tutors
  • - Provided students with leadership opportunities and personal and career information
  • - Increased students' academic achievement, aspirations and opportunities