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 24-27, 2019
$499 per camper

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


Camp registration is now closed due to full capacity.


Especially for high school students in grades 9 through 12, campers will learn principals 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
  • Fire forensics
  • Finger printing
  • Ballistics and bullet trajectory
  • Explosive detonation
  • President John F. Kennedy assassination

Campers will also take part in activities like:

  • Escape room exercise
  • Morgue visit
  • Forensic science career presentation
  • President John F. Kennedy shot sequence competition



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 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.

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.

Thomas Jones
Dr. Tom Jones

Tom joined Tiffin University in August 2017. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from the University of Akron and received his Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. For the last 13 years, Dr. Jones has been an academician with teaching and research experience revolving around the complex nature of vascular and cardiac pathological remodeling in various disease states.

He has been an invited speaker at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions and contributed to the scientific community as an ad-hoc reviewer in medical journals. Dr. Jones has taught in both the undergraduate and graduate school settings, varying in introductory courses in natural science to advanced courses in cardiovascular physiology and medical pharmacology.

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 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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