Winthrop University: Eagle STEM Scholars Program - Taylor, Rachel

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Name: Rachel Taylor Lane

Major: Chemistry


 My name is Rachel Lane, formerly Rachel Taylor. I am from Florence, South Carolina. I graduated from Winthrop in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and minor in Biology.  My husband Nick, and I were married in June and immediately moved to Huntington, West Virginia so I could start the Marshall University Forensic Science Graduate Program.  I will graduate in May 2019 With my Master of Science in Forensic Science.  My emphases are in forensic chemistry and crime scene investigation.  Over the summer, I interned at the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division in the toxicology department and shadowed the Florence County Coroner's Office.  While at SLED, I completed a method validation for the detection of 22 benzodiazepines, including designer drugs clonazolam, etizolam, and flubromazolam, using LC-MS/MS. I will present my research at the American Academy of Forensic Science 71st Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland in February.  Nick recently joined the Huntington Police Department, so I will be looking for a career in West Virginia after graduation.  After a few more years in West Virginia, I would like to move out west and be a forensic drug chemist or a deputy coroner.  Nick and I have two adorable dogs: Bella and Luna.  We both love Harley-Davidson and enjoy traveling on the motorcycle.  Some of my hobbies are baking, painting, photography, and ceramics.

Last Updated: 7/13/22