Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award


Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project


Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Patricia Flatt

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks


The purpose of this research project is to explore gaps in forensic toxicology techniques and information surrounding post mortem events. Focusing on opioid detection in the human body will further detection limits and identification after death. This research serves to break down the detection, separation, and identification of new designer drugs while combating the common challenges drug analysis faces. This project will explore the naturally occurring chemicals found in our body when living, the breakdown of chemicals in the body post mortem, and the detection of foreign compounds post mortem. It is beneficial to the identification of people, along with reconstruction of the events leading up to death. Relying on previous research, I will build on the gaps in post mortem opioid detection and analysis to suggest ways to improve this research, utilizing my extensive knowledge from chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and introduction to toxicology. The end result will encompass detection techniques and alternative solutions to detecting novel opioids in the human body after death.