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UVSC program gets grant

Utah Valley State College secured nearly a half million dollars in federal grants to boost its forensic science program.

College administrators hope the money will pave the way to offering a bachelor's degree in the discipline.

The offices of Sens. Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett announced last week that the school was awarded $394,657 from the U.S. Department of Justice's Congressionally Mandated Awards Program.

The money is intended to help forensic scientists in the laboratory and police officers in the field, and UVSC will purchase lab equipment for DNA analysis, hair and fiber analysis and microscopes, UVSC spokeswoman Megan Laurie said.

The school also received an additional $75,000 from the Justice Department to help with the costs of faculty salaries, Laurie said.

The school offers an associate's degree in criminal science. In October, department heads will present a letter of intent to offer bachelor's degrees in forensic science to the UVSC Board of Trustees, Laurie said.