Trent Forensic Science Camp Offers Students Hands-on Learning Experience


Second Session of Forensic Science Camp Underway

Monday, August 17, 2009, Peterborough

Starting today, Monday, August 17, 34 campers, aged 13 to 17, will converge on Trent University for one week to learn about all aspects of forensic science, from DNA extraction to crime scene processing, as part of this summer’s final session of the Forensic Science Camp.

Run through one of Canada’s leading Forensic Science programs and under the supervision of Camp director and Trent professor Dr. Chris Kyle, Trent’s Forensic Science Camp allows high school students to gain a sense of what forensics is all about and to explore the practices that real expert scientists use in the field. By being able to learn from key experts, students attending the camp are also able to practice actual Forensic lab techniques, as well as investigate their very own crime scene.

The camp features experts from Trent University who speak to campers on subjects such as entomology, anthropology, and wildlife DNA studies. Next week’s guest speakers include: Trent faculty members Dr. Greg Connolley and Dr. Chris Kyle, and Peterborough OPP Staff Sgt. Mike Illes.

“The camp is first and foremost an educational program,” said Vanessa Nicholls, Forensic Science Camp coordinator and recent Trent Forensics program alumna. “But also it’s just a great way to get kids interested in science.”

The camp is based on Trent’s Symons Campus where campers have access to the University’s state-of-the-art DNA and Chemical Sciences Buildings as well as the new Crime Scene House. The program consists of educating participants on proper forensics conduct, ethics and morals in forensic science, and indoor/outdoor crime scene investigation techniques.

With both overnight and day camp options available, the experience at Trent allows campers to get a real sense of what university life is like as they eat in the cafeterias, sleep in the residences, and learn in the lecture halls. Through partnership with Trent’s Disability Services Office, the Forensic Science Camp is also open to children with disabilities.

The first session of the 2009 Forensic Science Camp ran from July 5 to 10. Thirty-one campers attended.

The Forensic Science program at Trent University was established in 2004. The original program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science (B.Sc.F.S). Building on the success of the B.Sc.F.S. program, in September 2009 Trent launched a joint major honours degree in Forensics and became the only university in Canada to have such a program. In this new academic stream, students can choose a joint major in forensics plus a complementary subject that leads them to an honours B.A. or B.Sc. degree


Media are invited and encouraged to attend Forensic Science Camp.

For more information, please contact:
Vanessa Nicholls, Camp Coordinator, (705) 768-8688