Students try science behind crime fight
By Lindsay Kastner firstname.lastname@example.org
Most teenagers would be loath to spend their summers bent over vials of urine.
For Savannah Cardenas, 16, who spent Thursday analyzing urine samples for drugs, it was an awesome opportunity.
“I like science. I've always had a knack for it,” said Savannah, one of a handful of high school students chosen to participate in the first weeklong forensic toxicology camp at the University of Texas Health Science Center.
“You just pick up the pee in the paper,” said Savannah, explaining a lengthy process the students used to examine pieces of dampened blotter paper that changed color to reveal the presence of drugs.
Savannah, who is already considering a career in forensics, is also a big fan of television crime dramas.
“These are probably the ones with the promise,” Kudolo said. “Get them excited now and you never know where they'll go from here.”