CSI Camp at ASU Comes With a Crime Scene

JUNE 26, 2006 -- POSTED AT 10:00 P.M. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- Students on the campus of Arkansas State University are investigating. They are asking questions from witnesses at a murder scene. The murder scene's not real, but you might not be so sure if you were just in passing.

Arkansas State is holding its second annual Crime Scene Investigation Camp for high school students.

"The camp is all about solving a murder mystery. The students have fun, but they're also introduced to forensic science, to basic techniques in criminology. We're trying to get them to understand a few career choices that they might want to make in the future," says Gloria Gibson, ASU Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Brad Hughes is a student at the camp and he will start at ASU in the fall majoring in forensic science, but his hometown isn't so close. He's from Nixa, Missouri, about four hours away, and this year is his second time to come to CSI camp.

"I came down here and I was interested in CSI and I was hoping that this would make me decide if this is what I wanted to do and it did," says Brad Hughes.

Brad said the camp not only helped him choose where he wanted to go to college, but gave him a hands-on learning opportunity as well.

"I've learned a bunch. I was in the biology department last year and I learned how to collect DNA and test for it and stuff. This time I'm on the chemistry side, so I'll work with the physical evidence, like with the body and clothing material and stuff like that," says Hughes.

The mock crime scene gives the students an inside look into an actual murder, while at the same time helping them choose a future career.

"I think this is a great opportunity because this isn't something that's everywhere and so for people who are interested in the field, who watch the shows, it's kind of a real life experience," says Elise Eubank, a camp counselor and ASU sophomore criminology major.

Students started the camp today with the mock crime scene and will remain on campus through Friday.