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Kansas Bureau of Investigation Forensic Science Center

On April 30, 2014, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Washburn University are breaking ground on a new state-of-the-art forensic laboratory on the Washburn campus.


  1. For Washburn students, like Mary Ralston, who shared the above tweet, having the KBI at Washburn means more than a new building. It means access to state of the art lab space and equipment, training with both her professors and KBI scientists and even the possibility of internships. For KBI and Kansas, the facility will allow "recruitment on the international market," faster evidence process and the opportunity to "grow our own scientists," Attorney General Derek Schmidt said during the event.
  2. Washburn's student body president, Cassie White, represented students in today's groundbreaking. She, along with Governor Sam Brownback, Washburn President Jerry Farley, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, Washburn Board of Regents Chairman William Sneed, Topeka Mayor and Board of Regent Larry Wolgast, KBI Director Kirk Thompson, KBI Laboratory Director Michael Van Stratton, and Topeka Building Commissioner Richard Wienckowski took part in the ceremonial dirt turning.
  3. The new Kansas Bureau of Investigation Forensic Science Center is one of several building projects underway at Washburn University. Visit this webpage to learn more about the new KBI building and the other projects underway.