CSI Summer Camp


Thank you for your interest in participating in the SJSU CSI Camp. Unfortunately, we will not be hosting the CSI Camp Summer 2019.  


Summer 2016 SJSU CSI Camp

Dates: July 25th to July 29th, 2016

Does your child love doing puzzles, understanding how things work, visiting science museums, watching The New Detectives, Forensic Files, Bones, Body of Proof, CSI, actually having some hands-on experiences?

Then this is the camp for them!

Our camp is a hands-on, in-depth experience, filled with multiple exercises led by forensic science and CSI experts. In our unique camp, we have both national experts from city, county, state and federal laboratories and agencies and international experts that come to share their vast knowledge of CSI and forensic science!

This year we will be adding some new information to our camp in the areas of facial reconstruction and forensic engineering.  

Comments from our 2012 CSI Summer Camp:

You guys are awesome!! Thank you again for such a great camp experience. Emileo has told me several times how much taking the camp MADE HIS SUMMER!

It really set him up for a great school year and motivated him to try more new things. I just learned he will be helping out with a school play. He also told someone recently that when he goes to college he would like to major in criminal justice to be a expert firearms witness! That is the first time he has ever talked about another career besides the army. The work you all do is very important and it changes the lives’ of young people!”

Brief Description

Experience crime scene investigation and forensic science with actual experts in the field as you learn the secrets of how CSIs uncover hidden evidence, careful observation and collection of evidence, detection and interpretation of fingerprints, blood stain patterns, DNA, report writing, and ethics and court testimony in this one week, hands-on intensive camp at San José State University. 

Activities include:

  1. Crime Scene Investigation, Chain of Custody, Evidence documentation and processing

  2. Crime Scene Reconstruction

  3. Fingerprint classification, latent print development, lifting and comparisons

  4. Shoe-print pattern comparisons

  5. Blood presumptive testing

  6. Blood stain pattern analysis

  7. DNA electrophoresis and forensic DNA profiling

  8. Forensic Anthropology

  9. Forensic DNA and International Crime/Human Rights Investigations

  10. Courtroom procedures and testimony

  11. Comparisons between forensic science in the UK versus the US

Dates & Time

Summer 2016

July 25th to July 29th, 2016. (Check out the camper flyer 2014 and camper flyer 2013)

9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day, with extended hours available for an extra fee.

The camp initiated with support from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. It has become extremely popular as students have the opportunity to meet and work with working crime scene investigators and forensic scientists (in addition to our experienced staff members) during parts of the CSI camp.

More Information about CSI Summer Camp


Campus Village at SJSU. On campus housing will also be available in Campus Village Building B. Sign up at the registration page to receive more details.


This camp is targeted for those interested in the application of science to criminal investigation that will be most appropriate for advanced middle to high school students 13-17 years old.

Campers outside this age range should contact the director at steven.lee@sjsu.edu 

Camp Instructors 

Professors, staff and students from the FS program at SJSU and practicing CSIs and forensic scientists from California and abroad will all provide their expertise to the camp. Our faculty and staff include former crime scene investigators and forensic scientists which will be on hand to work with the campers.

Camp Director

Steven B. Lee has close to 20 years of experience in Forensic Science, holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA), and is currently Professor of Justice Studies and Director of the Forensic Science Programs at San Jose State University. Dr. Lee was formerly the director of R&D at the California Department of Justice’s DNA Laboratory is a full member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the California Association of Criminalists, and a fellow in the Criminalistics Division of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He also serves as a certified inspector for the Laboratory Accreditation Board of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, on the Department of Defense Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory Quality Assurance Board as a technical reviewer for NIJ research grants and reports and has served on the FBI Technical Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods.


Those that are interested in registration information, please fill out the following form at the SJSU CSI Camp Registration Page.  These camps are limited to a total of 20 per session and it is expected they will fill quickly. Registration fees for the camp will be co-sponsored by AAFS and SJSU so that partial scholarships to attend the camp are available which will significantly lower the cost to attend.  The total cost of registration will depend on the total number of campers signed up for each session as well as any options selected for additional hours.