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 Oct. 2, 2007

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Area high school students interested in careers in science, medicine, or forensics are invited to apply to participate in the “Exploring Science Through Forensics” Competition Tuesday, Jan. 8 at Viterbo University.

The day will involve teams of five students working to solve a murder mystery using forensic science in the theme of the CBS Crime Scene Investigation television program. Students will analyze crime scene evidence using a variety of modern techniques in biology and chemistry and then present their analysis and solution identifying the perpetrator of the crime. The techniques will include DNA fingerprinting, blood typing, analytical chemistry procedures, and fingerprint analysis.

“The goal is to excite students about science, and to strengthen their lab skills, critical thinking skills, and teamwork through a challenging yet enjoyable activity related to forensic science,” said Glena Temple, Viterbo biology department chair. “Last year, over 70 high school students participated in the event, and their response was overwhelmingly positive.”

Members of the first place team in each presentation room, or 15 total students, will receive a $500 Viterbo scholarship. Members of second place teams will win gift certificates, and many other awards and prizes will be given for participation.

Students may apply to participate in “Exploring Science Through Forensics” beginning Wednesday, Oct. 10 through Friday, Nov. 30. The event is open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, but preference will be given to juniors and seniors. 

“Exploring Science Through Forensics” will be held 8 a.m.–5 p.m. in Viterbo University’s D.B. and Marge Reinhart Center for Ethics, Science, and Technology.

For more information on “Exploring Science Through Forensics” or to apply, visit For more information on any of Viterbo’s science programs, visit or contact Glena Temple at 608-796-3461 or

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