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Timothy Roufa

Summer Camps Bring CSI to Life for Middle and High School Students

By July 23, 2011

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It's never too early to get a jump on a career in criminology. At least that appears to be the case at West Virginia University. The Mountain State school just concluded the first week of its 2011Forensic and Investigative Science summer campfor students in grades 7 through 12.

The summer camp allows students to explore the ways in which evidence is collected and analyzed. The middle and high school students will have the opportunity to learn about DNA evidence and crime scene photography as well as examine footwear and fingerprint evidence.

While obviously not for the squeamish, this is an excellent opportunity to help young people learn more about the various aspects of a forensic science career. I also believe it helps them determine early on if they want to pursue a career in the field. Such vocational summer camps serve to both motivate interested students and also to help others decide early on that maybe they're not cut out for the work. In either case, the camps give young students an opportunity to learn more about themselves and their potential for success in an exciting criminal justice career.

West Virginia's forensic science program is not the only college to host a criminology-themed summer camp. Many universities and colleges across the United States take the opportunity to show off their criminal justice programs, recruit prospective students and foster interest in forensic science. If you or your child is interested, check with your local college or university's criminology, criminal justice or forensics school to find out if they offering programs for budding crime scene investigators.

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