Linfield Investigative and Forensics Training (LIFT) Camp

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The Health, Human Performance and Athletics Department of Linfield University is thrilled to announce the first Linfield Investigative and Forensics Training (LIFT) Camp, a week-long crime scene investigation camp for high school students!


July 12 - 16, 2021


Linfield University McMinnville Campus


$700/participant and includes lodging in one of Linfield’s historic buildings and meals in our campus dining hall.

Scholarship funds are available and will be awarded based on academic merit and financial need. Please indicate in your application letter if you are interested in being considered for a scholarship.


Elizabeth DeVisser, Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory Coordinator
Linfield University, Cook Hall 107
503.883.2348 |

LIFT is truly a unique hands-on curriculum experience.

This thoughtful and inspirational program is designed to introduce you to the exciting and significant opportunities in forensic science. Any high school student with an interest in forensic science is encouraged to apply!

During your one-week stay on Linfield’s beautiful McMinnville campus with lodging and meals included, you will:

  • Partake in a number of interactive activities and complete experiential projects alongside experts in various fields of forensic science
  • Learn how to conduct investigations of scenes including homicides, suicides and unknown deaths
  • Be part of a forensic archaeology recovery
  • Conduct DNA analyses on trace evidence
  • Learn how explosions work and analyze destruction caused by fire
  • Examine the relationship between decomposition and insects with forensic entomology
  • Explore human rights and mass disasters

Participation is limited to just 30 high school-aged students so you will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with the instructors to solve a case or process evidence. And the fun and exploration continues into evening activities with a murder-mystery dinner night, investigation movies, case study reviews, and whodunits.

How to apply:

The application period will open April 1 and run through June 1, 2021. Applicants will be notified immediately upon acceptance and payment in full is due by June 30, 2021. 


The LIFT program requires you to have completed one science-based course, preferably with a laboratory section (biology, chemistry, etc.), before the start of the camp. This can be reflected in your resume, personal statement, or letter of recommendation. This requirement may be waived per the director’s approval, but must be addressed in your personal statement.

Submission requirements:

  • Online application form (available on this page April 1, 2021)
  • Personal essay (please indicate if you are interested in being considered for a scholarship opportunity; awarded based on academic merit and financial need)
  • Student resume
  • Letter of recommendation from instructor or counselor


The LIFT program is run by experts within the field who will be using actual crime scene footage for their presentations. The movies and images participants will view contain trauma to other humans that can be difficult to process. We recommend that parents/guardians talk to the applicants about the types of physical trauma that will be viewed, and be open to talking about what they have seen when they return home from the camp.

Additionally, we recommend that the students visit the Department of Justice website on death investigation and download the pdf: Death Investigation: A Guide for the Scene Investigator.