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CSI Camp to provide students with hands-on forensic experience

Posted by Samantha McClintock on Sun, Feb 17, 2013 @ 15:02 PM

describe the imageWaynesburg University will host its annual Crime Scene Investigation summer camp Sunday, June 16, through Friday, June 21, on the campus of Waynesburg University. Participants will gain valuable insight into the field of forensic science through experiential learning and strategically planned activities.

During this 6-day, 5-night experience, students are given the opportunity to study with experts in forensic science as well as professionals from various fields including state and federal agencies. This year, camp topics will include arson and explosion scenes, counterfeiting, crime scene processing, excavation of burial remains, FBI profiling, human trafficking, search warrant execution and surveillance.

Students interested in forensic science and criminal justice will train with special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), as well as crime scene investigators from the Pennsylvania State Police and other municipal police departments. The camp will enable students to enhance their knowledge and understanding of forensic topics and allow them to make valuable connections with professionals and fellow peers in the field.

“The 2013 CSI Camp workshops will again feature a combination of Waynesburg University instructors as well as professionals from municipal, state and federal agencies,” said Cipoletti. “We hope to provide the students with an insider’s view utilizing our experts’ experiences and a diverse mix of crime scenes and investigation scenarios.”

Individuals entering 11th grade, 12th grade or who are spring 2013 high school graduates are eligible to attend the camp.

Participating Waynesburg University faculty include:

Mike Cipoletti, camp director and assistant professor of forensic science, retired from the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab to direct the forensic science program at Waynesburg University. He worked as a forensic scientist and lab system quality specialist in chemistry and drug identification.

John Mcllwain, camp advisor and instructor of criminal justice at Waynesburg University, has taught for 15 years. He began his professional career as a U.S. Army Military Police Officer in Germany. Mcllwain left the military in 1977, and became a Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. He conducted investigations of the Federal Firearms Laws for 11 years.

Faith Musko, camp advisor and instructor of chemistry and forensic science, is a former toxicologist and forensic chemist with AIT Laboratories in Indianapolis, Ind. She is a member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, American Academy of Forensic Scientists and the American Chemical Society.

Adam Jack, camp co-creator and assistant professor of forensic science, is a former Forensic Detective with the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s Office and Police Officer in Rostraver Township, Pa. He is a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst through the International Association for Identification and has testified as an expert in Crime Scene Investigation and fingerprints.

For more information about registration, visit or call 724-225-7393.

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