Directors: Adam Kolatorowicz & Sam Stout, PhD | May 13 ? May 31 | Credit Hours: 3.0
OSU Tuition & Fees*: $1,262.10 (Ohio Resident) | $3,188.10 (Non-Resident)
Lab Fee: $750.00
The Forensic Science and Anthropology Field School is an intensive, three-week course. Students participate in, from the perspective of multiple disciplines, the resolution of a mock medicolegal death investigation from crime scene discovery to courtroom testimony. Students process an indoor crime scene where foul play is suspected to have happened. Evidence then leads them to an outdoor scene where they search for and recover buried human remains. Back in the lab, they examine evidence from both scenes and attempt to identify individuals by analyzing skeletal remains and matching them against missing person files. Participants synthesize multiple lines of evidence to reconstruct what occurred at the crimes scenes. Finally, students testify as a scientific expert witness in a real courtroom in front of an actual judge under direct and cross-examination by attorneys. Throughout the process, students receive hands-on training in the classroom, lab, and field by law enforcement agents, legal professionals, and forensic scientists.
Upon completion of this course students are able to employ the scientific method to answer questions related to crime scene reconstruction and individual identification, distinguish between forensic science as portrayed in popular media versus the reality of forensic science as practiced by professionals, develop interpersonal professional and public presentation skills, and appreciate the important role of an Anthropologist in medicolegal death investigations.
|Week 1||13-May||Team Building/Orienteering||The Legal System|
|14-May||Crime Scene Management||Photography|
|16-May||Biological Profile||Biological Profile|
|17-May||Taphonomic Profile||Thermal Trauma|
|Week 2||20-May||Indoor Scene Processing||Indoor Scene Processing|
|21-May||Process Evidence||State Crime Lab Tour|
|22-May||Forensic Entomology||Forensic Archeology/Mapping|
|23-May||Outdoor Scene – Search||Outdoor Scene – Search|
|K-9 Searches||Geophysical Remote Sensing|
|24-May||Outdoor Scene – Excavation||Outdoor Scene – Excavation|
|Week 3||28-May||Outdoor Scene – Excavation||Outdoor Scene – Excavation|
|29-May||Outdoor Scene/Process Evidence||Bone Histology|
|30-May||Facial Reconstruction||Testimony Preparation|
|31-May||Courtroom Testimony||Courtroom Testimony|
- Complete the online application.
- The person listed as your academic reference will be contacted via e-mail and asked to submit their letter of recommendation.
- The application and letter will be reviewed and you will be informed as to your acceptance status.
- Enroll for 3.0 semester credit hours of ANTHROP 5686 and pay OSU tuition.**
- Permission to enroll will be granted by the Director.
- Pay $750 lab fee.
- Once your enrollment and tuition payment has been verified you will be sent a link to pay the lab fee online.
Completion of the previous steps secures your spot in the program. The program is capped at 16 students with a rolling application deadline. Once all 16 spots have been filled applicants will be placed on a waitlist. Students traveling from out-of-state may secure on-campus room and board by contacting University Residences and Dining Services.
[*OSU students enrolled full-time during Spring semester will have their tuition waived for this program]
[** Non-OSU students must first apply as a transfer student at the university by contacting the Office of Extended Education. A $60 application fee is required]