Forensic Science and Law Summer Workshop

We are continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation. At this time the workshop is still scheduled to occur in July. Please continue to submit applications. We will continue to monitor the situation and make a decision by May 1st regarding the status of the workshop. Thank you for understanding!

July 20-23, 2020

The professional Forensic Science and Law fraternity Phi Sigma Lambda will host the Sixteenth Annual Forensic Science and Law Workshop at Duquesne University July 20-23, 2020.

Students and faculty of the Bayer School Forensic Science and Law program will offer the four-day workshop. High school students are invited to participate.

2020 Workshop Topics

  • Mock Crime Scene
  • Mock Trial
  • Evidence Collection (lecture & lab)
  • Fingerprints (lecture & lab)
  • Pathology (lecture)
  • Ink Analysis (lab)
  • Toxicology (lecture)
  • Wildlife Forensics (lecture)
  • Eyewitness Identification (lecture)
  • Wrongful Convictions (lecture)
  • DNA Fingerprinting (lecture & lab)
  • Hair & Fiber Analysis (lab)


July 20-23, 2020


8:30 am - 4:00 pm Daily


Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA


$300 participation fee (includes all breakfasts, lunches, and a t-shirt)

*** Additional housing fees will be added for individuals staying on campus.
Single Room: $50/night
Double Room: $45/night

Students will stay on campus in a secured and monitored dormitory. The nightly cost will cover housing fees, dinner, and nightly activities. Students must provide their own linens if staying on campus. Students wishing to stay can arrive Sunday (July 19) after 3pm or Monday morning (July 20) by 8:30am and must depart at the conclusion of the workshop on Thursday (July 23).

Who May Apply

Applicants must be high school juniors or seniors as of Fall 2020 with a minimum 3.0 GPA and have a strong interest in the sciences. Exceptional sophomore students as of Fall 2020 may also apply.

Application Due Date: May 1, 2020


Students who are selected to participate in the Forensic Science and Law Workshop will be notified prior to May 15, 2020. A detailed schedule and additional information about the Forensic Science and Law Workshop will be mailed with the acceptance letter. Phi Sigma Lambda requests a $50 deposit fee (or payment in full) at the time of acceptance, and any remaining balance must be paid at registration on July 20th. 

There will be an additional charge for those students not staying overnight on campus, but choosing to participate in evening dinners and activities.

Any questions may be directed to:
Kari Danser, Student Director, at, or
Dr. Lyndsie Ferrara, Advisor, at, (412) 396-2624

2019 Summer Workshop Attendees & Volunteers

Group Photo 2019