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Forensic Science & Criminalistics Academy Camp

high school students at TU camp

The 2022 camp session has ended, we hope to see you in 2023!

Tiffin University Forensic Science & Criminalistics Academy Camp

If Law and Order, CSI and NCIS are on regular rotation and science has become a guilty pleasure, it is time to take it to the next level with Tiffin University Forensic Science & Criminalistics Academy Camp.

Especially for high school students in grades 9 through 12, campers will learn principles and tactics to assist criminal investigations through chemistry, biology and law – and become the star of their own show. Campers will work in small groups with high-level TU professors who have experience in crime scene analysis, secret service detail, forensic biology, chemistry and law.

Forensic Science & Criminalistics Academy Camp: TBD
Price: TBD
Residence Hall: Clay Hall
Camp Capacity: 40 campers
For high school students (minimum age 14) in grades 9 through 12

* Campers will receive one credit hour of work for completion of the academic curriculum
** COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed during the camp. 

Registration for this camp is currently closed.

Campers will learn about:

  • Crime scene investigations and processing
  • Autopsy
  • Fire investigations and fire forensics
  • Ballistics and bullet trajectory
  • Explosive detonation
  • Judicial oversight of evidence
  • President John F. Kennedy assassination
  • Dealing with mental health issues that death investigators face

Campers will also take part in activities like:

  • Forensic anthropology, working with human bones for sex and age identification of victims
  • Legal proceedings in court
  • Blood spatter analysis
  • Digital autopsy (anatomage table)
  • Autopsy experience
  • President John F. Kennedy shot sequence competition
  • Crime scene recreation and writing investigatory reports


Check back for the 2023 agenda coming soon!


Students will be staying in Clay Residence Hall which is air-conditioned. Students will be staying in a single room. Paper towels and toilet paper will be provided. Meals will be provided to the students in the Cole Dining Hall.

What to Bring

Students will need to bring all personal hygiene items, towels, pillow and bedding for an XL twin bed.

Featuring Faculty Members from Tiffin University

dean butler

Dean Butler

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
michael curtis

Michael Curtis, J.D.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
tonia duncam

Tonia Duncum

Assistant Professor of Physics
Department Chair for The Tiffin Core
419.448.3586 More Info
Owen Fritz

Owen Fritz

Assistant Professor of Computer Science
sushmita ghoshe

Sushmita Ghosh, Ph.D.

Professor of Science
timothy mccarty

Timothy McCarty, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
sandra miller

Sandra Miller, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Criminology
Department Chair CJNS Undergraduate Seated
419.448.3168 More Info
stephanie opfer

Stephanie Opfer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
Department Chair for the Humanities and Creative Arts
419.448.3341 More Info
peter piraino

Pete Piraino, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Security Studies
Dean of the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences
419.448.3395 More Info
mark sabo

Mark Sabo, Ph.D.

Professor of Forensic Science and Chemistry
andrew savage

Andrew Savage

Assistant Professor of Biology
SAS Lab Director
419.448.3428 More Info
john schupp

John Schupp, Ph.D.

Outreach Coordinator for the Drone Academy
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
419.448.3507 More Info
joseph van kerkhove

Joseph Van Kerkhove

Assistant Professor of Art


**Please be advised, due to the nature of the content, the camp may contain graphic materials. Parents or guardians must sign a release for the camper to take part in the academy.

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