Troy University to present Forensic Science Summer Program for high school students

Posted: Thursday, 15 May 2014

DOTHAN - Local high school students will get hands-on training in crime scene investigation during the third annual Forensic Science Summer Program hosted by Troy University June 9-13 at the Dothan Campus.

Presented by the TROY College of Arts and Sciences in conjunction with the Dothan Police Department and the Houston County Sheriff's Department, the program teaches high school students about the different sciences that make up crime scene investigation. This year, the camp will focus on the science of forensic entomology and toxicology. Participants will learn how insects provide important clues in a death investigation.

"We will learn about the life cycle of the common house fly and how these creatures can help determine the way in which a victim died," said Dr. Vicki Lindsay, professor of criminal justice at the Dothan Campus and a co-director for the summer program. "This will be a hands-on experience in which students will work alongside the top experts in their fields as well as our nationally accredited local law enforcement professionals."

The program is open to all Dothan and Houston County high school students, but participation is limited to the first 24 applicants. The fee is $350, which includes all supplies, lunch and snacks and a program shirt.

For more information, or to register, visit the program's homepage at, or contact Dr. Lindsay at (334) 983-6556, ext. 370, or

Donors are also being sought to sponsor fee waivers for some students who would not normally be able to attend, Dr. Lindsay said. Donations are tax deductable and can be made through the University Foundation. Contact Dr. Lindsay for details.