6 Weeks / Credit Bearing

Forensic Science Program for High School Students

Orientation for this program is on Sunday, July 5.

The Summer College Forensic Science program is intended to provide an introduction to understanding the science behind crime detection.

Those participating in this intriguing summer program for high school students actually become part of an actual forensic crime scene team that will gather forensic evidence from a simulated crime scene.

Emphasis is placed upon understanding the science behind the techniques used in evaluating forensic evidence.

Topics included are: blood analysis, organic and inorganic evidence analysis, microscopic investigations, hair analysis, DNA, forensic psychology, drug chemistry and toxicology, fiber comparisons, paints, glass compositions and fragmentation, fingerprints, soil comparisons, and arson investigations, among others.

Entry level program – Class lectures and guest speakers provide the scientific background in forensic science. A variety of hands-on laboratory exercises enhance the student’s understanding of this science in an up-close and personal way.

Students in the entry level program enroll in two courses:  CHE 113 Forensic Science (4 credits) and FSC 200 Forensic Science Laboratory (2 credits).

Program Costs:

  • Residential: $8,645
  • Commuter: $6,200

What’s the Deal?

• Discover the science behind forensic science through faculty lectures and guest presentations
• Learn how to conduct CSI lab work utilizing modern criminal detection methods in many scientific fields
• Gather and interpret evidence from simulated crime scenes
• Enjoy superior laboratory facilities

Typical day

9 a.m.- Noon: Class lectures and guest speakers provide necessary scientific background in forensic science.

1 p.m.-4:00 p.m.: A variety of hands-on laboratory exercises will enhance the student’s understanding of this science in an up-close and personal way.

Click here to learn more about The College of Arts and Sciences.
Click here to learn more about the Forensic Science Department.

Faculty Bio – James T. Spencer

Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor
Professor and Associate Dean for Science, Mathematics, and Research

Dr. James Spencer joined the faculty at Syracuse University in 1986 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia. Prof. Spencer has recently received several honors for his research and teaching work including the “Distinguished Achievements in Boron Science” Award from the BUSA International Conference. He was recently appointed the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor, the Associate Dean for Science, Mathematics and Research in the College of Arts and Sciences, and was presented with the 2009 University College Award for Excellence in Teaching.  He has been active in organizing a variety of scientific meetings for both the American Chemical Society and the BUSA International Conference, in addition to serving as co-chair for the 10th and 11th Foresight Conferences on Molecular Nanotechnology. Dr. Spencer has presented numerous invited lectures including at the IMEBORON X International Conference, the Gordon Research Conference in Inorganic Chemistry, and the International Symposium on Solid State Imaging and CVD.  He has also served as a consultant for the Lockheed Martin Corporation, General Electric Corporation, the Merix Corporation, and International Business Machines, among others.  At Syracuse University, Dr. Spencer has chaired the Faculty Council, the Senate Research Committee, and the College’s Promotion and Tenure Committee. He is the author of over 75 papers and has presented over 150 lectures at regional, national and international venues.

Dr. Spencer founded and has been responsible for the development of the University’s Forensic and National Security Sciences Initiative (FNSS), resulting in the recently established Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute (FNSSI).  In this work, he has organized and coordinated the interdisciplinary participation of six departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, four SU colleges (A&S, Law, Maxwell, HSHP), SUNY ESF, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and the Onondaga FS Center.  He has developed new courses, started the undergraduate major (awaiting NYS final approval) minor in forensics, led the M.S. degree in Forensic Science (including a new joint JD/M.S. degree program), prepared various long-range planning strategies, and has served as PI for three NIJ proposals, including a currently funded $912K grant from the NIJ.

To learn more about Dr. Spencer’s work and research, click here: http://spencergroup.syr.edu/.