CSI Club prepares for Washington D.C. trip

Students from the CSI Club surround Professor Warren McLeod at the AAFS conference in Atlanta in 2012. Photo by Samantha Grove.

In February of next year, South Puget Sound Community College’s CSI club will be heading off to Washington D.C. to attend the American Academy of Forensic Science Conference. The conference offers students who plan to major in forensic science invaluable knowledge, as it allows them to meet and communicate with the brightest minds in the field.

There are currently over 800 guests scheduled to speak at the conference. The AAFS conference is an international event that “brings together the leading minds in the fields of forensic science so they can discuss the cases they have worked on and any new research that has come out,” said Samantha Grove, the club’s secretary.

Next month, the CSI club will be hosting a fundraising Mardi Gras themed murder mystery dinner for the faculty members of SPSCC. All of the food will be prepared by the culinary arts club. The proceeds will go toward sending members of the CSI club to the conference. The club also hopes to plan more events that would be open to the student body.

“The CSI club is currently selling See’s Candies as a fundraiser to help raise money in the hopes of putting on some fun and educational events for the students of SPSCC,” said club President Elyssa Meitz. To do this, the club needs help. Anyone interested in ordering some See’s Candies should contact Professor Warren McLeod.

The CSI club offers students interested in careers in criminology and forensic science hands-on experience that help demonstrate how the fields really operate. Club members have access to real equipment, such as colored powder, magnetic wands, and iodine, which they use to dust for fingerprints. Club members also study blood spatter by filling mannequin heads with fake blood and bashing them with hammers to analyze the resulting spray.

The CSI club has also been known to set up fake crime scenes around campus. Students interested in joining the club should contact either Elyssa (who can usually be found in the SUB) or Warren McLeod. Students are also welcome to show up at meetings and see what they think. The club meets on the first and third Thursday of every month from noon to 1 p.m.