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OSU/PAST Forensic Science & Anthropology Field School 2014

by Ed Hagen last modified Feb 08, 2014 01:13 PM
The Forensic Science and Anthropology Field School is an intensive, four-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.

 

Dates:  May 5 − May 30

Credit Hours:  3.0 (ANTHROP 5686)

Cost:  OSU Tuition & Fees − Ohio Resident = $1,262.10;  Non-Ohio Resident = $3,227.10

Lab Fee = $775.00

OSU students enrolled full-time during Spring semester will have their tuition waived for this program.

 

Program Description

The Forensic Science and Anthropology Field School is an intensive, four-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 practicing 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.

 

Program Schedule

 

Morning          (8:30-12:30)                                                   Afternoon (1:30-5:30)

Week 1            5/5                   Distance Learning                                                       Distance Learning

5/6                   Orientation                                                                              Team Building/Orienteering

5/7                   The Legal System                                                       Crime Scene Management

5/8                   Photography                                                                           Photogrammetry

5/9                   Osteology                                                                               Osteology

 

Week 2            5/12                 Biological Profile                                                                     Biological Profile

5/13                 Taphonomic Profile                                                    State Crime Lab Tour

5/14                 Forensic Archeology/Mapping                                   Forensic Entomology

5/15                 Indoor Crime Scene                                                     Indoor Crime Scene

5/16                 Coroner’s Office Tour                                                            Process Evidence

 

Week 3            5/19                 Outdoor Crime Scene – Search                                   Outdoor Scene – Crime Search

K-9 Searches                                                                           Geophysical Remote Sensing

5/20                 Outdoor Crime Scene – Excavation                Outdoor Crime Scene – Excavation

5/21                 Outdoor Crime Scene – Excavation                Outdoor Crime Scene – Excavation

5/22                 Process Evidence                                                                    Missing Person Files

5/23                 Facial Reconstruction                                                 Facial Reconstruction

 

Week 4            5/27                 Writing Case Reports                                                 Writing Case Reports

5/28                 Testimony Preparation                                               Testimony Preparation

5/29                 Distance Learning                                                       Distance Learning

5/30                 Courtroom Testimony                                                            Courtroom Testimony

 

Program Application and Registration Procedure

 

1. Complete the online application https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1660516-oYh4M3Zx8n

1.1. The person listed as your academic reference will be contacted via e-mail and asked to submit their letter of recommendation.

1.2. Places in the program are available on a first come, first served basis. Apply as soon as possible to be considered for a spot.

1.3. Your application, personal statement, and letter will be reviewed and you will be informed as to your acceptance status no later than one week after all materials have been submitted.

2. Enroll for 3.0 semester credit hours of ANTHROP 5686 and pay OSU tuition.*

2.1. Permission to enroll will be granted by the Director.

3. Pay $775 lab fee.

3.1. Once your enrollment and tuition payment has been verified you will be sent a link to pay the fee online.

 

Completion of the previous steps secures your spot in the program. The program is capped at 16 students. 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 Housing at (https://housing.osu.edu/, 614-292-8266).

 

* Non-OSU students must first apply as a transfer student at the university by contacting the Office of Extended Education (http://ced.osu.edu/, 614-292-8860). A $60 application fee is required.

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