Announcements & News

October 2011

Marshall University Forensic Science Graduate Program and student organization to host crime scene investigation workshop for Fairview High School students

Marshall University forensic science graduate students and faculty will present a crime scene investigation workshop for high school students from Fairview High School of Ashland, Ky., Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 at MU's crime scene house.

About 55 high school science students are expected to attend the "CSI Huntington" workshop. They will participate in lectures, demonstrations and hands-on experiments in areas of DNA analysis, firearms identification, fingerprint analysis, blood pattern analysis and digital forensics. They will also tour the Forensic Science Center's accredited forensic DNA laboratory which provides assistance to state and local law enforcement agencies across the United States.

The workshop will be presented by Master's United Forensic Science Association, a student organization comprised of forensic science graduate students in the nationally recognized two-year program. Proceeds from the workshop will go towards travel expenses to offset graduate student costs to attend the national meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences next February in Atlanta, Ga.

"CSI Huntington" workshops have been offered previously as a summer camp for middle school students and as a series of evening sessions to adults and high school students in the past.

A new forensic science course is being offered at Fairview High School. Matt Moresea, who is teaching the class, said he and the students are very excited to visit the Forensic Science Center's forensic DNA laboratory and the crime scene house.

"With Marshall's forensics program being one of the top programs in the country, the students will have the opportunity to learn these techniques from some of the best and thus it might spark an interest for some of them for a career in forensic science or science in general," he said.

Dr. J. Graham Rankin, professor of forensic science in the graduate program and faculty advisor for the "CSI Huntington" workshops, said the faculty and students are pleased to have this opportunity to expand the areas of forensic science offered in the workshop as well as the presentation of a one-day format for high school students. For more information about the participation in the workshops, contact Rankin at 304-690-4377.

  • Mary Thomasson
  • Public Information Officer

  • Marshall University
    Forensic Science Center
  • 1401 Forensic Science Drive
  • Huntington, WV 25701