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 favourite 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). Annually, the LSI-GSA invites 40 high school students to the LSI to solve the fictional case of a murdered graduate student. CSI@LSI focuses on providing the maximum hands-on experience, introducing students to the field of research and the diverse career options available in the sciences.

Students will be guided through various experiments by LSI graduate students. Stations include:

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

The Manual for a previous edition of CSI@LSI is available for download. In 2010, the CSI@LSI model was published by LSI graduate students in Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, allowing other institutions to adapt the model and encourage engaging science outreach programs. Publication and media articles here {PDF}.

The last CSI@LSI was November 30, 2015.

Applications will be accepted from Fall 2016 for the next CSI@LSI.

CSI@LSI has been graciously sponsored by: NSERC PromoScience, UBC Equity Enhancement Fund, UBC Faculty of Science, The Life Sciences Institute, Year of Science, Pfizer

“CSI@LSI was one of the highlights of my grade 11 year; it was so much fun meeting new friends and experiencing new things! It was fascinating to learn the forensic steps to solving a murder and absorb all that went into one case. I’ve always been a fan of crime shows and this helped me to understand and appreciate what the characters mean when they say “the test results came back from the lab”. CSI@LSI also helped me understand pursuing sciences as a post-secondary degree would involve as well as illustrating what truly went into a scientific laboratory. The ‘hands-on’ nature of the program was fun and engaging , while the graduate students were helpful and friendly. I made some good friends and learned a lot when I was there, and I would highly recommend this program to anyone who has even a modicum of interest in science.”  – CSI@LSI Participant