Thesis Defense (1). This course serves a dual role. First and foremost, it is a forum to foster a research culture in the department and discuss the theoretical and practical issues of conducting research and completing a graduate degree in Forensic Science. As such, allForensic Science graduate students are welcome and encouraged to attend the scheduled lectures, presentations, and seminar. Second, this course is a graduation requirement for all Masters. For that purpose, the goal is to learn the practical skills of giving a presentation and writing a research paper.