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High School Skeletal Death Investigation Workshop


The Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State (FACTS) invites high school students to apply for our third annual FACTS High School Skeletal Death Investigation (SDI) Course!

The FACTS High School SDI Course will be an intensive college-level learning experience for high school students interested in the fascinating field of forensic science.  Specifically, it will focus on the job of a Forensic Anthropologist.  Students will learn how forensic anthropologists investigate scenes, recover human remains, analyze human skeletons, and employ forensic archaeology.  All instruction will take place at FACTS’ indoor and outdoor teaching facilities located in San Marcos, TX.

Who is eligible?

The FACTS High School SDI Course is open to High School students entering 11 or 12th grade in Fall 2019.  It is directed towards local central Texas high school students, but any entering junior or senior is eligible to apply.

What are the requirements?

  1. Students must have completed Biology with at least a B.
  2. Students must write a letter of intent stating why they are interested in the SDI and how they hope to incorporate what they learn into their course of study.
  3. Students also need a letter of support from a Science Faculty member attesting to their maturity and academic capabilities.

How much does it cost?

Tuition costs $500.00 for the week.

Diversity scholarships are available for students who demonstrate financial need.

When is the workshop?

June 24-28, 2019

What does Tuition Include?



 FACTS SDI T-shirt

HS SDI Workshop Schedule

This workshop is applicable to all students interested in medicine, the legal field, forensics, criminal justice, science, archaeology, and much more!  Lunch hours will also feature informal talks from visiting scientists and FACTS faculty covering specialized forensics topics.

This workshop does require physical labor.  All participants should be physically fit and capable of working in the Texas heat.

The five day workshop will take place at FACTS June 24-28, 2019 from 9am - 5pm. Participants will be responsible for their own lodging and their own transportation to and from the workshop site daily.

Monday (Indoors)

Introduction to Forensic Anthropology and FACTS; Human Osteology; Human vs Nonhuman bone

Tuesday (Indoors)

Forensic Archaeology; Forensic Methods; Case Studies; Mapping Labs

Wednesday (Outdoors)

Surface scatter and Burial Recovery

Thursday (Outdoors)

Burial Recovery Continued and Begin Group Presentations

Friday (Indoors)

Group Presentations; Certificate ceremony and Celebration with Families

Online Application Form for HS SDI Workshop

Before you complete and submit this form, please make sure you have gathered all of your application materials including your 'Letter of Intent', parent/guardian's contact information, name and email of the faculty member who will be writing your letter of recommendation, and financial aid information.  No incomplete applications will be reviewed.

Click here to go to the online application form: 2019 Application

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sophia Mavroudas via email: