The Forensic and Investigative Science Program at West Virginia University will host a day camp for students in grades 7-12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the week of July 28-Aug. 1.

The camp is designed to give middle school and high school students hands-on experience, teaching them techniques and methods used by real forensic scientists in the field.

Students will examine biological evidence and trace evidence, learning techniques such as crime scene photography, fingerprinting, tool marks and footwear analysis and DNA microscopy, all taught by WVU faculty members.

“The faculty teaches just like we teach our students to go work in a crime lab,” said Tina Moroose, teaching assistant professor of forensic science at WVU.

On Friday, the students will practice what they’ve learned throughout the week, analyzing a mock crime scene at the crime scene houses on the WVU Crime Scene Training Complex.

Spots are still available for the camp. To register, visit There are no requirements for the camp. Any middle or high school student may register.

The cost of the camp is $280 for the entire week, meals included. A discount for additional children is available for families with more than one child. Overnight accommodations are provided.

“Not only is (the camp) fun and educational, but it’s also good for them to see if it’s a field they would like to go into. While they’re here, we tour the facility and they get to interact with the different faculty members and ask questions, and we take them to the Mountainlair,” she said.

“If people are on the verge, especially juniors and seniors, who are not sure what they want to do, they can come and see if it would be something they would like.”

For more information on the camp, contact Tina Moroose, at



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