Forensic Science Academy

As we find ourselves in a time of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tiffin University has decided to cancel the Forensic Science Academy Camp that was to take place July 27 – 29. Tiffin University looks forward to hosting this camp again in Summer 2021.

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
July 27-30, 2020
Cost $499

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


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


Will be posted soon.


Students will be staying in Clay Residence Hall which is air conditioned. Students will be sharing a room with another student of the same gender. 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

Brian Burton
Professor Brian Burton

Brian earned his Bachelor of Science with a concentration in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and his Master of Science in pharmacology from Rush University Medical School, Chicago.

Prior to becoming a faculty member at Tiffin University, he has been passionately involved in teaching and collaborating with the science community. He has written and researched extensively on the interaction of the immune system with the nervous system.

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.

Owen Fritz
Professor Owen Fritz

Owen is a graduate of Tiffin University and has taught at TU since 2015 for the School of Business in computer information systems. He is continuing his educational journey by pursuing his Ph.D., in business administration with a specialization in management information systems from Northcentral University. His 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.

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.

Mark Sabo
Dr. Mark Sabo

Mark joined TU in 2014 and holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of South Florida and a Ph.D. degree in analytical chemistry from Michigan State University. He worked at Quantum Chemical Corporation, taught at Miami University and earlier, Catawba College, spending summers as a visiting scientist in the Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, helped develop and improve techniques used by the FBI and teach courses for domestic and international crime lab personnel.

Dr. Sabo enjoys teaching at the college level and has over 20 years of experience in teaching traditional chemistry, as well as non-traditional courses like forensic science, caveman chemistry, consumer applications of chemistry, marine science and food science.

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.



**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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