EKU’s Director of Forensic Science Awarded KCV IMPACT Award

Published on September 14, 2022

By Sarah Bashford

Dr. Jamie Fredericks, director of the forensic science program at Eastern Kentucky University, is one of four innovators selected as recipients of a Kentucky Commercialization Ventures IMPACT award.  

The KCV IMPACT (Innovative Mobile, Public Health, and Community Oriented Technologies) Competition encourages innovation to improve social, health and economic conditions across Kentucky.  

Fredericks received an award of $9,000 from the IMPACT Competition for his sample collection tool for rapid DNA analysis. 

“I developed the device as a tool to lower costs and speed up the process of DNA profiling, potentially reducing the time it takes to identify victims/suspects and ultimately serving to improve the community,” Fredericks said.

The IMPACT award will allow Fredericks to continue developing the tool to maximize its efficiency in profiling DNA samples.

Fredericks has been a faculty member at Eastern Kentucky University for eight years. 

“I am incredibly proud that my sample collection tool has been recognized for its potential to improve the field of forensic science,” Fredericks stated. 

“At EKU, our expert faculty are truly passionate about their fields," said Dr. Ryan Baggett, dean of online learning, graduate education and research. "Dr. Fredericks’ earning of the IMPACT award displays his commitment to innovation in research and making a difference in the field of forensic science. This recognition was hard-earned and well deserved. We can’t wait to see the continual impact of Dr. Fredericks’ work."