Forensic Science Academy

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’s Forensic Science Academy.

Tiffin University Forensic Science Academy
For high school students in grades 9 through 12
June 21-24, 2021
Cost $749

*Campers will receive one credit hour of work for completion of the academic curriculum

The Academy will be limited to 20 campers. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed during the camp. 


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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.

Campers will learn about:

  • Crime scene investigations
  • Autopsy
  • Fire forensics
  • Ballistics and bullet trajectory
  • Blood spatter analysis
  • Explosive detonation
  • Judicial oversight of evidence
  • President John F. Kennedy assassination

Campers will also take part in activities like:

  • Forensic anthropology
  • Tour of a medical center
  • Forensic science career presentation
  • President John F. Kennedy shot sequence competition
  • Crime scene recreation and writing investigatory reports


Will be posted soon.


Students will be staying in Craycraft 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

Professor Christopher Boehler

Christopher Boehler earned a Master of Science from Bowling Green State University while researching the elemental ratios found in fish otoliths, commonly known as ear-stones, of Lake Erie Steelhead trout. Employing otolith chemistry, he was able to determine where fish from different state fish hatcheries would return to spawn. Christopher has also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Water Resources from Heidelberg University. Currently, he is pursuing a doctoral degree in biogeochemistry from Kent State University in the department of Biological Sciences. He is researching the importance of cyanobacteria and their role in processing nitrogen (i.e., nitrogen-fixation) within the overall microbial nitrogen cycle of Lake Erie along the conditions that may lead to the production of toxic harmful algal blooms. He also employed the use of nutrient diffusion substrata (NDS) by submerging enriched agar cups into lakes to investigate benthic microbial community composition. While continuing his education Chris has taught biology and chemistry classes for many area colleges and universities including: Tiffin University, The Ohio State University- Mansfield Campus, Terra State Community College, Heidelberg University, Bowling Green State University and Kent State University.

Tonia Duncum
Professor Tonia Duncum

Professor Tonia Duncum, Assistant Professor of Physics, earned her Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and her Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois. She joined Tiffin University in the fall of 2015 as an adjunct instructor before being hired full-time in 2016. Prior to becoming a faculty member at Tiffin University, Professor Duncum taught for 16 years in the areas of engineering, physics and mathematics at Lake Land College in Illinois. She also brings experience as a middle school teacher for gifted children.

Dr. Barry Fanning

On completing an M.S. in Materials Science from Penn State and a Ph.D. in organometallic synthesis and catalysis at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Fanning worked as an Industrial Inorganic Chemist specializing in product and process development across several industries. He has five issued patents, applications currently pending and many proprietary products and processes in active production. His experience spans research in catalysis and fine chemicals to nanomaterials and display technology. 

Dr. Fanning currently leads two analytical Labs and a team of product development scientists. Current research activities focus on sustainable agriculture products and policies. He serves on the board of directors of the American Laboratory Managers Association and is active in the Federal Bioeconomy Forum – an interagency collaboration with industry, municipalities and academics working to develop and commercialize sustainable bio-based technologies. 

Dr. Anna Paula Fantini

Professor Fantini obtained double major in Physical Education and Sports Management, minors in Health and General Business, and a master's degree in Health and Physical Education from Union College. She earned her Ph.D. in Physiology from Kent State University. She started her teaching career in 2007 as an adjunct instructor for the Health, Kinesiology, and Physical Education Department at Lincoln Memorial University. In 2010 her teaching career continued at Tiffin University. She taught classes for the School of Business in Sports Management as she developed the major in Exercise Science for Tiffin University. Currently, Professor Fantini oversees and teaches the major in Exercise Science for the School of Arts & Sciences.

Professor Owen Fritz

Professor Owen Fritz began with Tiffin University in the fall of 2015 as an affiliate professor for the School of Business in the areas of Computer Information Systems and Economics. In the spring of 2018, he became a full-time faculty member within the Computer Information Systems program. In 2019, Owen is proud to have worked alongside Dr. George Miller in bringing revamping the Computer Information Systems program into the new Computer Science Program offering a B.S. in Computer Science. Owen’s research interests include Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT) & Generation Z, Technological Social Responsibility and Office Applications in the Workplace.

Sushmita Ghosh
Dr. Sushmita Ghosh

Since 2001, Sushmita has taught in area colleges and universities in Ohio, teaching a variety of courses at Terra Community College, the University of Findlay, Heidelberg University and Tiffin University. She has also developed and taught a number of seated and online classes. While teaching at TU, her courses include anatomy and physiology, environmental science and oceanography at the undergraduate level and the history and philosophy of scientific exploration at the graduate level. In 2006 and 2008, Dr. Ghosh assisted with the organization and implementation of the India Study Abroad program with TU and the University of Findlay. She has also served as a judge at various science fairs in Illinois and Ohio.

Joyce Hall-Yates
Dr. Joyce Hall-Yates

Dr. Hall-Yates holds a Bachelor of Science from Asbury College and a Juris Doctorate from Ohio Northern University, and did post graduate work in law at Capital University. She practiced law in both civil and criminal cases. Many of her cases dealt with contract negotiations, IRS representation and estate planning. While practicing law, she managed the human resources role in law firms and trained personnel to fulfill the role of a paralegal within the legal services profession. She was also responsible for the management of computer technology and legal software for the law firms. Prior to coming to Tiffin University, she directed and taught classes in a paralegal education program in a two-year degree program.

Dr. Michelle Maus

Dr. Maus has taught in higher education, both in an online and seated environment. Her career in higher education originated as an adjunct instructor in 2005. Her full-time position at Tiffin University began in 2010. She teaches business and healthcare administration courses. She developed the Associate's Degree in Business with a specialization in Healthcare Administration, the Bachelor's Degree in Business with a specialization in Healthcare Administration and the Bachelor's of Science Degree of Healthcare Administration for Tiffin University. Dr. Maus earned her Ph.D. in Management with a specialization in leadership and change from Walden University, a Master of Business Administration from Cleveland State University and a Bachelor of Science in Acute Care Administration from Ohio University. 

Dr. Timothy McCarty

Dr. Timothy McCarty earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from West Virginia University. He previously received a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance (Jazz) and Master of Science in Applied Mathematics both from West Virginia University. Dr. McCarty has spent time as a mathematics teacher at Wheeling Park High School and an Adjunct Instructor of Mathematics at West Virginia Northern Community College and Belmont College.

Dr. Sandra Miller

Dr. Miller is an Associate Professor of Criminology in the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. Before joining Tiffin University as full-time faculty, Dr. Miller served as an adjunct professor for 15 years and taught graduate courses at the University of Toledo and police science courses at Owens Community College. Dr. Miller received her B.Ed. from the University of Toledo, her MSCJ with concentrations in both justice administration and forensic psychology from Tiffin University, and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Northcentral University.

Professor Erica Moyer

Erica holds a Bachelor of Applied Health Science and a Master of Education in Developmental Kinesiology from Bowling Green State University.  She has clinical experience among cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs, as well as teaching and research experience in both Exercise Science and Natural Science departments.  Her teaching specialties involve Exercise Physiology, Survey of Health, and Anatomy.  Prior to coming to Tiffin University, she instructed courses for Heidelberg University and Bowling Green University.  

Dr. Stephanie Opfer

Dr. Stephanie Opfer earned her Ph.D. in English Literature, with a specialization in Medieval Literature, from Northern Illinois University. Her dissertation was a linguistic analysis of the Old English elegies in order to find similar characteristics shared by the poems which would lead to a more specific genre definition. She earned her Master of Arts in English at the University of Toledo and her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Criminal Justice and Political Science, from Ohio Northern University. She also completed the teacher certification program for Integrated Language Arts at Bowling Green State University.

Peter Piraino
Dr. Pete Piraino

Since 2012, Pete has taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses in criminal justice and homeland security. He retired from the United States Secret Service, as Resident Agent in, overseeing secret service operations for 21 counties of northwest Ohio. Throughout his 23-year career with the Secret Service, he served in a variety of protective and investigative assignments that have taken him to over 40 countries on six continents.

Some of his managerial assignments in the Secret Service included positions in the Vice Presidential Protective Division in Washington, D.C. under then-Vice President Cheney, as Protective Detail Leader for Mary Cheney, the daughter of the then-vice president and in the Intelligence Division. Professor Piraino also served in the Secret Service's Presidential Protective Division under Presidents Clinton and Bush.

John Schupp
Dr. John Schupp

John has a Bachelor of Science and a Ph.D. from Cleveland State University. With 25 years of experience in the synthetic crystal industry, he has earned four patents in the area. Dr. Schupp started a student veteran program at Cleveland State and has spoken to over 600 campuses nationwide regarding veteran education. He also helped write, pass and fund legislation for a grant in 2010, which provided $6 million in grants to over twenty campuses nationwide for veteran education. Dr. Schupp earned the Zachary Fisher Humanitarian of the Year award from the Department of Defense.

Professor Joseph Van Kerkhove

Professor Van Kerkhove holds a M.F.A. in Printmaking from Indiana University and a B.F.A. from The Columbus College of Art and Design. He has taught fine art courses at Tiffin University since 2011. He is a printmaking and ceramic artist that responds to personal experiences through imagery and process. His artworks have been exhibited in a variety of venues nationally and internationally. Galleries in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio currently represent his art. Joseph participated in the Summer Print Program at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia, Italy. Joseph is currently a member of The National Art Education Association that advances visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding for visual art educators.


**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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