Students will use high-tech equipment at GRCC's forensic science chemistry camp



Leah Nixon

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May 9, 2016 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — High school students will use sophisticated technology to solve a simulated crime in Grand Rapids Community College's free forensic science chemistry camp.

GRCC’s physical sciences department, in collaboration with the National Science and Perrigo foundations created the free camp. Camp participants will use gel electrophoresis, infrared spectroscopy and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to tackle the evidence in a simulated arson.

“Students don’t normally get access to the technologies they will see – and use – at our camp,” said chemistry professor Jennifer Batten, head of the physical sciences department. 

This summer's camp runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday from June 20 to 24.

While the camp is free, enrollment is limited to 24 students, and spots are expected to fill up quickly. An application can be found here. Applicants will be notified about camp acceptance by email within one week of program coordinators receiving the camp application.  Detailed camp information will be sent to attendees in mid-May.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.