MSU Gifted & Talented: CSI & Forensic Science Summer Program

East Lansing, MI

Overview

The CSI & Forensic Science Program at Michigan State University is a residential and commuter program. Students will be working in a university setting with professionals who work in the field of forensic science.

The CSI Forensic Science Crime Scene Program curriculum is intended for academically able students who are currently in 7th, 8th, or 9th grade and at least 12 years old. 

This Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) camp will teach students about the science and techniques used in the investigation of crimes. The camp is designed to challenge students and provide them with the real world experience of a forensic scientist. The instructors of the CSI camp are experts in the field and will provide students with a general overview of many of the fields of forensic science as well as practical hands-on experiences. Students will hone their observation, creativity, and intellectual skills, while also enjoying an exciting and adventurous week, working side-by-side with forensic experts. Participants will be introduced to the knowledge and skills required to process crime scenes, while learning how science is used to analyze evidence in crime labs. While at camp, the students will:

  • be introduced to the major sub-disciplines of forensic science including controlled substances, DNA and serology, blood analysis, latent prints, firearms and ballistics, forensic art, trace evidence, polygraphs, and pathology (Students will appreciate that in the real world all these sub-disciplines collaborate to ultimately solve a crime);
  • document and collect evidence from a crime scene, including sketching, photographing, and maintaining proper documentation of the evidence;
  • receive instruction as well as hands-on training on how to process and analyze a wide variety of evidence including fingerprints, impression evidence, trace evidence, blood, controlled substances, and many other types of evidence;
  • process a mock crime scene under the supervision of forensic experts (Students will work in teams to collect the evidence at the scene. All of the evidence from that scene will be processed by the students over the course of the week. Students will work together to recreate the crime scene in order to identify a suspect. Possible suspects will be present throughout the week for the students to interview);
  • present their final evidence and analytical results to the parents on the last day of camp;
  • learn about the various opportunities available for careers in forensic science as well as the education required for those careers.

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