The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Forensic Chemistry

Date: July 7 - July 20, 2019

Do you love crime shows? Do you love science? Have you ever wondered “How do forensic scientists do that?” If so, then the Summer Pre-College Forensic Chemistry program at UMass Amherst is perfect for you!

This program emphasizes current scientific techniques in the areas of forensic chemistry and biology. Students will learn and apply the scientific principles behind the crime-solving techniques used by real forensic scientists. Students interested in a career in forensics will gain an understanding of the education, training, and other requirements needed to get hired. Attendees will conduct experiments, interpret their results, and communicate the results of their tests.

Topics explored during the course may include:

  • Drug chemistry 
  • Fire debris analysis 
  • Toxicology, biology
  • DNA analysis, and
  • Fingerprint analysis
  • The differences between fictional forensic shows and what happens in real life

Students will have the opportunity create their very own professional scientific poster based on research they conduct about an area of forensics of interest to them. The poster will be presented to their peers on the last day of the course. In addition to lab work, students may have the opportunity to visit a real crime laboratory and hear guest lectures from experts in the field of forensics.

A pre-requisite of high school chemistry is required. Applicants with both demonstrable financial need and academic merit may apply for a partial scholarship. See Program Fees for more information.

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