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Have you ever wondered how CSI investigators on TV solve the crime?

Have you ever wondered how that critical experiment is done to identify the suspect?

Would you like to do it yourself?

CSI@LSI is the equivalent of combining your favorite CSI TV show and a murder mystery all in one.  High school students are invited to explore science through this annual outreach activity designed by the UBC Life Sciences Institute-Graduate Student Association (LSI-GSA) and UBC Post-Doctoral Association (UBC-PDA).

Annually, the LSI-GSA invites high school science teachers to apply to bring their class to the LSI for a day of suspect eliminating. Focused on providing the maximum hands-on experience, CSI@LSI introduces students to the field of research and the diverse career options for a trained researcher. Students will be guided through various experiments by LSI graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

Stations include:

  • Electron Microscopy
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Protein Analysis – SDS-PAGE & Western Blotting
  • Microbiology
  • Fluorescent Imaging
  • DNA Fingerprinting

In 2010, CSI@LSI was published in Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. Allowing other scientific institutions to adopt the model and encourage engaging science outreach programs.



The next CSI@LSI event will be in the fall of 2013.  Applications for this event will be open to grade 10,11 and 12 science teachers within the Greater Vancouver Regional District.  Please check back at a later date for more details regarding the next CSI@LSI.

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Past CSI@LSI events:

May 13-15, 2013 – A.L. Fortune Secondary School, Enderby BC & Boston Bar Elementary Secondary School, Boston Bar BC

Oct 25, 2012 – Gladstone Secondary School, Vancouver BC & Brookswood Secondary School, Langley BC

May 24-25, 2012 – Queen Charlotte Secondary School, Haida Gwaii, BC & Osoyoos Secondary School, Osoyoos, BC (CSI@LSI for students in schools outside GVRD)

Dec 1, 2011 – Charles Best Secondary School, Coquitlam, BC.

May 27-28, 2011 – Bella Bella Community School, Campbell Island, BC (CSI@LSI sponsored by Year of Science, for students outside of GVRD)

Dec 1, 2010 – Eric Hamber Secondary School, Vancouver, BC

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