Summer Workshop Courses

Summer 2015

Masters of Forensic Science Professional Development Series

This series is designed to be taken for master's level credit or audited (attend without credit), and are offered in condensed timeframes. They are constructed to meet the needs of graduate students, teaching professionals, and law enforcement personnel alike. Courses can be taken per credit hour or as an entire course (3 credits). Cost is $765/credit hour. Course #s with a B,C, or D designation are individual credits. Students must complete section B to proceed to sections C and D. Students who are only taking the first credit are encouraged to audit (attend and participate in) the remainder of the course for experience, free of charge. To audit section B only is $385. To audit the entire week without credit is $550.

Students who are interested in the fundamentals of a particular field and its basic practices, then enrolling in section B of any of these courses, will find this an excellent way to gain some valuable information from leading practicioners in their fields. For those who want a more intensive and in-depth experience, including more hands-on elements, should enroll for the entire course.

Affordable accommodations are available on-campus in residence halls or locally at hotels. Rensselaer is within a two-hour drive from Chicago and Indianapolis and like Chicago, is on Central Standard Time.

FS 541A - Bloodstain Pattern Anaylsis

Sgt. Dean Marks

Indiana State Police Certified Instructor

Investigator Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board

  • Sgt. Marks has been with the ISP since 1980. He is a certified Crime Scene Investigator and Instructor through the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board. His involvement in interpreting and analyzing bloodstain patterns dates back to 1986.
    • This course is a course in the identification of blood spatter.  It will cover trajectories of blood spatter, interpretation of blood drops and sprays,  and discuss differences in arterial versus vinous origins on blood patterns.  Drag pattern, droplet development, and velocities of the originating spatter will also be studied.  The course involved a great deal of hands-on experiences. Students will create blood patterns in an enclosed area and interepret the results.
Dates Credits Location
June 22-26 3 Saint Joseph's College campus, Haskell Research Facility


FS 511A - Finger Printing and Finger Print Enhancement

Joseph Matvay

Crime Scene Analyst Supervisor

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

  • Mr. Matvay has been  a Senior Crime Scene Analyst Supervisor since 1994, and has worked for LVMPD since 1979. The number of crime scenes he's overseen rivals anyone in the country. He is certified by the International Association for Identification in three areas; Senior Crime Scene Analyst, Bloodstain Pattern Examiner, and Latent Print Examiner.
    • This course will be an intensive week-long 40 contact hour course in the science of latent fingerprint and patent fingerprint comparisons.  Many new and unique methods now available to law enforcement for the enhancement of latent fingerprints will be learned.  Fingerprint techniques and their comparisons will be studied.  The student will learn the art of fingerprint recovery from surfaces such as wood, paper, human skin, and a number of other surfaces once thought to be impossible for recovery.   
Dates Credits Location
July 13-17 3 Saint Joseph's College campus, Haskell Research Facility


FS 525A - Forensic Anthropology

Sarah Schoff, Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology

Research Analyst

Forensic Anthropology Consultant


  • Ms. Kiley has traveled the world exhuming victims of murders, accidents, and natural disasters. She has worked extensively in forensic evidence retrieval in buried and surface recovery cases. Most notably, she was involved in Hurricane Katrina and World Trade Center disasters during victim recovery and identification stages. Ms. Kiley has also worked under grant from the National Institute of Justice on their Cold Case Files.
    • Participants will attend morning lectures on topics including archaeological method and theory, search strategies, mapping outdoor crime scenes, documenting and collecting physical evidence, excavating buried human remains, quality assurance during recovery, courtroom admissibility, and expert testimony. In the afternoon, practical exercises will be conducted in the field, where participants will work in small groups to locate, document, and recover physical evidence from a variety of mock outdoor crime scenes.
Dates Credits Location
July 20-24 3 Saint Joseph's College campus, Haskell Research Facility


FS 543A - DNA: Evidence Recovery and Comparison

Paulita McGuire

Indiana State Police Forensic Scientist I

ISP Indianapolis Crime Lab

  • Ms. McGuire has been a Senior Analyst for the Forensic Biology Unit of the State Police Laboratory in Indianapolis for 16 years. She regularly examines serological and other body fluid stains and their DNA typing. In addition to training within her department and at seminars, she is a Certified Instructor at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and instructs at the Crime Scene Investigator School.
    • The goals of this course are to provide an introduction to the biological and genetic principles applied in forensic DNA testing,  an understanding of how forensic evidence is processed in the biology unit of the laboratory, and a thorough understanding of biological evidence recognition and collection at crime scenes. After completion of the course, the student will have an accurate understanding of the abilities and limitations of DNA evidence and how it applies both in laboratory and in court.
Dates Credits Location
June 15-19 3 Saint Joseph's College campus

* Course numbers with an A designation refer to the entire 3-credit course. If the student wishes to enroll only in the first 2 days, use a B designation. The remaining 3 days is sections C and D.

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