Forensic Chemistry Summer Camp

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GRCC Forensic Chemistry Summer Camp

The Physical Sciences Department at Grand Rapids Community College in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (DUE -1140509), the Perrigo Foundation, and the School of Arts and Sciences Dean’s office is offering a Forensic Chemistry Camp during the summer of 2016. The goal of the camp is to provide Grand Rapids area high school students, who have an interest in science, with the opportunity to use analytical instrumentation in an inquiry based forensic chemistry experience. As part of the camp, students will use gel electrophoresis, UV-vis spectroscopy, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, and other methods of analysis to find the perpetrator of a simulated arson crime. Some of the instruments that will be used in this analysis are pictured below. The camp will be held in the Science Center June 26 through 30, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday. Enrollment is limited to 24 students per camp.

GC - MS instrument GC instrument FT-IR instrument

To apply for the Forensic Chemistry Summer Camp students should complete the application form and permission statements below and write a 300-400 word essay that addresses why you are interested in science, why you would like to attend this camp, and what role you think science will play in your future career.

Submit the application, permission statements and essay Annette Dobrzynski, Physical Sciences Department, by mail at GRCC, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 or by email: Applicants will be selected based on their essay. There is no charge for this summer camp, but if you are selected and later decide that you cannot attend, please let us know so that another student can be enrolled. You will be notified about camp acceptance by email within 1 week of us receiving the camp application. More detailed camp information will be sent to attendees in mid-May. For more information please contact Professor Annette Dobrzynski M.S. at

This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant number DUE-1140509.

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