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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 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

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.

Interested in receiving updates about the next CSI@LSI? Please sign-up for the mailing list: lsi.grad@ubc.ca.

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


Apply to Participate

The next CSI@LSI event will be in November 2015 (date TBD). Applications will be open to grade 10,11 and 12 science teachers within the Greater Vancouver Regional District. An application form will be posted on this page September 2015. Deadline is September 30, 2015 and selected classes will be notified the following week.