Forensic Science Camp 2

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Forensic Science Camp
Forensic Science Camp 2

Information about the 2018 Forensic Science Camp is forthcoming.  If you would like to be notified when registration opens, please email  

The information below pertains to last year's program.  

 Forensic Science Brochure 

You have all seen the popular TV show CSI, but have you ever wondered what really happens to the evidence collected from the real crime scene? Where does it go, how does it tell its story, and most importantly, how can it be used to solve the crime? With ASU's Forensic Science Camp, all of these questions will be answered. You will get the opportunity to investigate a suspicious arson, detect and classify fingerprints, identify unknown drugs, compare trace evidence using a microscope, and detect gunshot residue just like professional investigators. Here is your chance to become the scientist that actually analyzes the evidence and uses it to solve the crime.

Crime scenes contain evidence that can be used to reconstruct the events that occurred during the crime. This evidence must be carefully collected, documented, and preserved to be credible in a court of law. Much of the evidence left at a crime scene occurs in very small amounts, called trace evidence. This may include fibers, hair, paint chips, glass, soil, gun shot residues, residual accelerants, powders, fingerprints, etc. which must be collected for future analysis in the forensic laboratory. This camp is designed for students with an interest in the laboratory analysis of crime scene evidence.

Activities will include Toxicology (identification of unknown drugs and the determination of alcohol levels in a suspect DUI case), Arson (detection and identification of residual accelerants from a suspicious fire scene), Trace evidence (microscopic comparison of fibers, hair, paint chips, gun shell casings, glass, and soil to determine if the samples have a common source), Gunshot residue (identification of powder residue collected from a suspect in a crime involving a handgun using scanning electron microscopy), Latent evidence (indentification and classification of fingerprints by fuming, dusting, ancd chemical methods), and Serology (detection of blood using chemical methods, blood typing, PCR amplification of DNA, and separation of DNA fragments using get electrophoresis.

Analytical chemistry techniques to be used in this course include infrared spectrophotometry, gas chromatography, thin layer chromatography, and scanning electron microscopy.  Guest speakers include medical examiners, forensic profilers, and/or police guests.

Remember to bring bed linens, bath linens, notebook, pencil/pen, and spending money.

Participants will be staying on-campus with adult supervision.

Please note: Participants must have either their Science Teacher or Counselor email a recommendation for them to attend this camp!

Space for 24 participants ONLY!


Students in grades 9 through 12+


Early Registration $525 (post-marked by May 1, 2017)
Regular Registration $550 (post-marked after May 1, 2017)

Rates include on campus housing, meals in the main cafeteria (except dinner
one evening, on your own), all lab supplies for camp.


Check-in is 8:00-8:45 am on Wednesday with classroom/lab starting at 9:00 am.  Classroom/Lab starts at 8:30 am Thursday-Saturday ending at 5:00 pm Wednesday-Friday for dinner and free time until 7:00 pm.  Seminars are held each evening at 7:00 pm.  Camp ends on Saturday with a presentation for parents from 11:00 am-12:00 noon.


Dr. Libby G. Puckett, Camp Director and Assistant Professor, ASU Chemistry Department.
Additional Chemistry faculty members from Appalachian State University will instruct students in the procedures used by forensic investigators.
Staff will be provided for supervision of students while on campus.


Please complete our online registration form.

This camp is limited to 24 participants and spaces fill quickly. Payment in FULL is due at the time of registration.  Visa and MasterCard accepted.  

Cancellation Policy: You may cancel your registration before May 1, 2017 for a refund (minus $50 processing fee). There will be no refunds after May 1, 2017.

For registration information, contact the Office of Conference & Camp Services by e-mail at or by phone at 828-262-8718.

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