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Explorations in Forensics Camp


Dates: June 25 - June 29, 2018
Application Deadline: Postmarked by March 30, 2018
Cost: $500 ($50 due upon acceptance, balance due one week before the 1st day of the program)
Financial Aid: There are a limited number of full and/or partial scholarships are available to  applicants who are eligible for the Federal free or reduced lunch program.  Please submit a  letter, on letterhead, from an official at the school district  or  the letter you received stating that you are eligible for the free or reduced lunch program in order to be considered for a scholarship.    This letter must be included with your application.
Eligibility: Students must be have completed 9th grade and not yet taken a formal Forensics course
Lab Hours: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Instructors: Monica Mattesi & Kerry Bunyan
Housing: For students who choose to live in a dormitory on the Stony Brook campus the cost will be approximately $60 per night.  The cost of food will be approximately $28 per day.  Once accepted into the program, students will be given a link to register for housing. 
Lunch: Students may bring bag lunches or may purchase food at the university Student Activities Center.




















Program: Forensic Science is defined as the application of science to matters of or pertaining to the law. This program group includes a variety of scientific disciplines including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry, Earth Science, and other applied sciences. It will explore the various disciplines that fall under the umbrella of Forensic Science. It will complement the students' science curriculum in high school and challenge them to think, investigate, and solve problems. This workshop can serve to help students to decide if they are interested in taking forensics in high school. The focus of the five days concentrates upon the development of skills and techniques that will be utilized to process a mock crime scene(s) as the culmination of a week full of hard work, learning, and fun.

Participant & Application Requirements: Students should be interested in science, inquisitive, and looking to have fun while seeing first-hand how many of the principles they learn in their science classes everyday are used to help solve crimes and uphold the law. Students should submit a complete application by  March 30, 2018. Two letters of recommendation should be sent from teachers (forms included with application). Also, include your high school transcript  and most recent report card. Participants are selected based on a solid academic record and strong letters of recommendation. We will accept a maximum of 24 students. No money is due at the time of application.

Activities: The program will start with an introduction to forensics science and lead to a mock crime scene investigation. The investigations throughout the 5 days will be interactive, hands on and will be building on prior knowledge. We will also see how forensic science was used to solve noteworthy criminal cases in history.

Other goals and objectives students will be familiar with by the end of the program include:

  • Branches of Forensics
  • Lie Detecting
  • Memory Exercises
  • Anthropology
  • Logic Problem Solving
  • Crime Scene Processing
  • Fingerprinting
  • Lip Printing
  • Odontology
  • Shoe printing
  • Handwriting Analysis
  • Hair and Fiber Analysis
  • Chromatography
  • Blood Typing
  • Blood Splatter
  • Toxicology
  • DNA fingerprinting


Explorations in Forensics Application

For additional information or questions, please call (631-632-9750) or e-mail ( ).


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