Students get hands-on CSI experience at forensic science day

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Ever wonder how a single strand of hair leads to an arrest, or how a sweater fiber can link you to the Starbucks you visited this morning?

On Tuesday morning, more than 1,800 high school students from across the Valley put on their investigator caps, grabbed their notebooks and witnessed a (mock) crime scene as part of Forensic Science Day at Grand Canyon University.

The event gave students a taste of what it's like to be a crime scene investigator (CSI). Participants to got to witness a mock crime scene, participate in a crime scene competition, hear from speakers in the forensic science field and dabble in how evidence is collected and analyzed.

The event started four years ago with just a handful of students, and has grown steadily each year. "With GCU expanding the way it is, and with so many programs we're offering, we're just able to bring so many students on campus to see what we have to offer," says Melissa Beddow, director of the Forensic Science bachelor's degree program.

For many students, it was a glimpse into possible future careers. Visiting the campus cadaver lab and hear from crime lab employees revealed what they might face in the future if they decided to go into forensics.

Forensic science is one of the fastest growing, most competitive and high-tech fields today. GCU has one of the most advanced DNA labs and forensic science programs in the southwest, designed to give students hands-on opportunities with the latest technologies and provide students the training they need to be ready for the workplace.

Since 1949, Grand Canyon University has been a premier private university in Arizona, helping students find their purpose and achieve their potential through landing the career of their dreams, advancing their career and changing careers. As a Christian university, GCU also emphasizes applying Christian values and ethics to the workplace.

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