About Us

 Crime Scene Investigation Camp was created, designed and is directed by Dr. Lynda McMaster-Schuyler, a biology and  chemistry professor at the State University in New York at Cobleskill.  It has served over 650 students for 15 years providing meaningful, true hands-on workshops in forensic science.  

At the height of Americans' fascination with forensics and Hollywood’s sensational portrayals, Dr. McMaster-Schuyler was interested in teaching students about the "science behind the bling." She wanted students to understand the science involved in forensics and enjoy the excitement in solving a criminal investigation.

 "Forensic science is a great way to turn kids on to STEM disciplines 

and introduce the scientific method. Because any discipline can be studied forensically, our camp explores all sorts of technologies and topics while having fun solving a realistically staged crime.”   Dr. McMaster-Schuyler 

  • Students start the week by becoming Crime Scene Investigators and spend their days working in teams to solve a realistic crime. 
  • All campers are taught by forensic experts in the field and supervised by approved camp counselors. 
  • Campers learn how to secure a crime scene, collect evidence, and explore some of the following techniques: 

  1. DNA sampling, analysis and use 
  2. bite and blunt force trauma marks
  3.  interview and interrogation techniques 
  4. forensic entomology and anthropology
  5. arson and hair and fiber analysis and fingerprinting
  6. psychological profiling 
  7. facial recognition and photography 
  8. ballistics and blood splatter 
  9. cybercrime and data encryption 
  10. admission standards for case preparation. 

  • On the last day of camp, parents serve as grand jury in hearing admissible evidence and case presentations. 


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