Forensic Science Institute Advisor
SSteinmetz@uco.edu; (405) 974-6916; FSI 124
Ms. Steinmetz graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology & Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Spanish from the University of Oklahoma. She also completed a master’s degree in Instructional Leadership & Academic Curriculum with an emphasis in Science Education from OU. She conducted undergraduate honors research in the field of Forensic Entomology, where she studied the effects of common insecticides on the development of Cnomyopsis cadaverina, the blue bottle fly. This information can be used in the field of Forensic Science to determine an accurate postmortem interval (PMI) for victims.
Currently, Ms. Steinmetz is the Program Coordinator for the Forensic Science Institute at the University of Central Oklahoma. Ms. Steinmetz serves as the academic advisor and outreach coordinator for the Institute. She monitors student progress and provides individual career identification for students. She leads on-campus tours of the facility and visits regional high schools to educate those students on the career options in the field of Forensic Science and promote the Institute. She also coordinates CLEET trainings for local law enforcement and Forensic Science curriculum workshops for high school teachers.
Prior to her employment with the Forensic Science Institute, Ms. Steinmetz served as the Academic Advisor for students within the College of Math & Science here at UCO. Before her employment at UCO, she taught high school Biology at Union Intermediate High School in Tulsa and Putnam City West High School in Oklahoma City. Through her experiences, Ms. Steinmetz has developed a unique skill set that benefits our students. She is able to design and modify curricula based on individual learning styles. She also has the ability to build positive relationships with students and guide them in the “Central Six” tenets as they become productive, creative, ethical, and engaged citizens of their communities.