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Teens can become detectives through WVU Parkersburg’s CSI Academy   

Teens can become detectives through WVU Parkersburg’s CSI Academy   

 Parkersburg, W.Va. (May 7, 2024) — This summer, teens who are interested in forensic science can step into the shoes of law enforcement officers and criminal investigators during WVU Parkersburg’s Teen CSI Academy.

The college’s Criminal Justice professors and leading area experts will guide students through hands-on experience in crime scene reconstruction, evidence processing, criminal profiling, preparing case trials and more during this summer program.

“The Teen CSI Academy allows teens to learn more about the reality of crime scene investigations and the criminal justice field. It also gives them a preview of college-level criminal justice courses,” said Andrew Walker, Teen CSI Academy instructor and associate professor of Criminal Justice. “The academy provides many unique hands-on learning opportunities and a variety of guest speakers to gain insights into criminal justice professions.

Academy activities will include:

  • Crime scene photography and documentation
    • Fingerprint identification
    • Identifying blood evidence
    • Collecting trace evidence and footwear impressions
    • Criminal profiling techniques
    • The court process and testifying in court

The academy will take place Monday, June 10 through Thursday, June 13, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $150 per student with lunch provided.

The academy is limited to the first 20 participants. The deadline to register is May 27, 2024. Applications may be downloaded at

For more information, please contact or 304-424-8383.