Bisma Mahmood, Senior Biochemistry Major, worked as quality assurance intern at the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division (MSP-FSD) in Pikesville, MD. Under her mentor, Theresa DeAngelo the Quality Assurance/Safety Manager, she documented Reports of Non Conformances (RONs), Witness Evaluations, and Technician Evaluations. In addition, she aided in the preparation for FSD’s ANAB Surveillance Review and Intern Audit documentation. She completed a project focusing on researching and creating a presentation for Employee Wellness and QA Effectiveness for the laboratory.

While at MSP, Bisma was treated to a behind the scenes look of how case files and reports go through the process of identification and problem-solving. Also, she was able to observe all the different units and how they function: biology, controlled drugs and substances, toxicology among others. She was really suprised at the amount of hard work that goes into ensuring information is correct, instruments are functioning properly, and how everything must abide to the Quality Assurance manual.