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Students on EKU's campus have been getting a hands-on experience through a new mock crime scene.

The "crime scene" is now a requirement for students in the forensics program from the American Academy Of Forensic Sciences.

Barbara Wheeler is a forensic science faculty member who is seeing the benefits of the program.

"It's as realistic as what we can provide for them," she said, "without having a real crime."

During a scenario in which two students were partying and wound up using drugs and alcohol, the student forensic scientists had to solve the mystery behind a crime that occurred.

And, with a little information, the clues began to reveal themselves.

"Oh we didn't see that before, so we gotta record that and put a number down," one of the students said as they were uncovering the evidence.

The students get to apply everything they've learned in class to the "crime scene." They mark the evidence and document everything they see.

Katrina Maglio, a student in the program notes the value of the work.

"Now once all the evidence is collected from the crime scene house," she explained. "They then bring it back here to the lab the begin to analyze what they found." 


Maglio is responsible for logging evidence; everything from hair to fiber to prints.

This opportunity gives students a chance to see what their careers will look like ... realistically.  And Maglio appreciates that.

"It's like okay I know what I'm going into now," she says. "And this is exactly what I want to do, which is nice."

Eastern Kentucky University's forensic science program is one of only 18 accredited programs of its kind in the country.





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