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Registration is open until June 1, 2014 but these camps often fill quickly so register and pay early to ensure your spot!

Week 1 (June 22-27)

For registration questions or problems, click here to email Ashley Haas (Program Assistant) or call 828-262-2944 (fax 4992)



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Info on Dr. Robbins Schug


Appalachian State University is pleased to offer a summer residential camp experience in Forensic Anthropology!  Set in the mountains of western North Carolina, on the beautiful campus of Appalachian State University, this one-week camp will provide high school students 15-18 years of age with hands-on experience in forensic analysis of the human skeleton. Three one-week sessions will be offered.


During the five day camp experience, students will work with real human skeletons in the osteology laboratory to learn:

  • human skeletal and dental anatomy

  • bone and tooth biology

  • identification techniques

  • age at death

  • sex

  • stature

  • body mass

  • trauma analysis

  • osseous and dental pathology

  • constructing an osteobiography


Faculty: Dr. Gwen Robbins Schug is a biological anthropologist with research focused on age-at death and body mass estimation methods, skeletal evidence for trauma and infectious disease, and bone biology. For more information, please see her website (linked on the left).


Staff: Student counselors will be provided for supervision of students while on campus. Participants will experience life on a college campus, staying in the residential facilities on campus and eating in the campus cafeterias and eateries.


Student Eligibility: Students in grades 9-12 who are between 15-18 years of age are eligible to enroll. You should have a strong interest and background in science to attend this camp. There is space for 25 students in each one week program. Students from under-represented groups and women encouraged to attend. Please note: registering on the website only provisionally reserves a place. You must pay the camp fee to confirm your reservation.


Camp Registration Deadline, Fees, and Airport Transportation: The academic part of the camp will take place Monday through Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 12pm. We break for an hour for lunch every day 12-1pm. Three sessions will be held during the weeks of July 7-14, July 14-19, and July 21-26, 2013. Students will check-in between 4-5pm Sunday preceding the week of camp and check-out will occur after lunch at 1pm on Friday.


Students must register by June 1, 2013 but the camp fills very quickly so please register as soon as possible to ensure a spot.  Cancellations are accepted but the camp tuition is non-refundable after May 1rst. The cost is $700, which includes lodging for 5 nights in the residence hall, 3 meals a day (beginning with dinner on Sunday and ending with lunch on Friday), instruction with Dr. Robbins Schug and the camp counselors, lab supplies, and a very cool camp t-shirt.


All necessary expenses are included except for transportation from the Greensboro, NC airport. Boone is two hours from Greensboro by car. Transportation (by van) can be arranged for an additional fee of $100 roundtrip. The shuttle leaves the airport at 1:30 pm on Sunday preceeding camp. It will return to the airport by 5 pm on Friday (the last day of the camp session).


There are no additional costs except for optional personal spending money.


Please check out our Facebook page, camp photos, and student presentations from 2011 to the left.


Here is what a former student of the FASC had to say about what she has been doing since she attended camp in 2010:

This past summer (2011), Appalachian State University's Forensic Anthropology Summer Camp alum Kate Duncan Sherwood got the opportunity to apprentice with Gwen Haugen, a forensic anthropologist at the Saint Louis Medical Examiner's Office. In addition to learning the legal and paperwork side of a Medical Examiner's office, Kate got to sit in on autopsies performed by Dr. Mary Case, be involved with case reviews, spend a few days in the toxicology lab, and go out in the field.

Thrown into a normal work day and treated like a co-worker from day one, Kate got to experience every aspect of the Medical Examiner's office from the autopsy room to toxicology. Sitting in on an average of eight autopsies a week, she was challenged to keep up with medical terminology and anatomical names all while learning what really goes on during a homicide investigation. When she wasn't helping pipette and prepare samples for testing in toxicology, Kate also got to witness first hand another important part of Haugen's job—dealing with the families of the deceased, answering questions and hosting viewings of the body.

Kate says about her experience, "Unfortunately, there were no bone cases during my time at the ME's office, but I did get to go out into the field on two occasions. The first time, I lowered a fiber-optic camera through a small hole into the cistern below a house after a tip was left at a St. Louis Police station revealing that the body of a girl who had been missing for 25 years was dumped there. The results of the day cannot be revealed as it is currently an ongoing investigation. The second day in the field was a body recovery in a creek where a femur and skull of a 31 year old male had been previously found to see if any more remains could be discovered (a patella, rib, and metatarsal were recovered along with numerous pig and cow parts)."

Upon finishing her apprenticeship, Gwen Haugen invited Kate to return any time to the office to further her education. Kate said, "Without my experience at Appalachian State, I would not have had the knowledge or experience necessary to successfully complete my apprenticeship at the Saint Louis Medical Examiner's Office to the fullest potential."

Kate is currently a student at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with the intended major of Anthropology and is being mentored by forensic anthropologist, Dr. Midori Albert. She also now works as a camp counselor at FASC!