Welcome to the Forensic Institute for Research and Education at MTSU

When the Intensive Care Unit Becomes A Crime Scene: Serial Killers In Healthcare. The ICU seems like a strange place for a murder, but for a serial killer, it provides a perfect cover. New York P.I. Bruce Sackman opens a window into the forensic world of crime in healthcare settings. His William M. Bass Legends in Forensic Science Lectureship presentation is brought to television through a partnership of ERC and F.I.R.E., the Forensic Institute for Research and Education at MTSU. This episode will air Wednesday, July 22, at 8:30 p.m. You can find the ERC on Amazon Fire Stick, Roku, and the Apple TV box as well as Comcast ch.9, DTC ch.195, and United Communications ch.206. Watch the episode live at MTSU.edu/TrueBlueTV.

Fall Legends 2021


 CSI:MTSU 2020 has been cancelled. We hope to see you for CSI:MTSU 2021. 

Attendees will participate in lab activities and mock criminal investigations in order to learn about forensic science. The camp allows students to explore many unique career possibilities in forensic science by providing a 'real life' reason to tackle higher level math and science courses, develop skills in team work, learn to observe and interpret details, and hone critical thinking and presentation skills. The participants work in groups and present their findings to family, friends, and judges on the last afternoon of the camp. 

CSI:MTSU is a DAY camp that is designed for students entering the 9th grade through college freshman. The cost of the camp is $250.00 per participant.  This includes all camp activities, labs, lunch and snacks, and a t-shirt. 


  • allows students to explore many unique career possibilities in forensic science
  • provides a 'real life' reason to tackle higher level math and science courses
  • develops skills in team work, seeing and understanding details, critical thinking, and presentations 

The student investigators are presented with a re-creation of an actual crime scene. They are divided into several teams, and a forensic professional directs and coaches the students as they use math and science to solve the crime.



Welcome to the Forensic Institute for Research and Education (FIRE) website. As a board certified forensic anthropologist, I have over thirty years of experience as a forensic educator and practitioner in settings involving skeletal crime scenes and analysis. In 2006 Middle Tennessee State University tasked me with bringing a forensic emphasis to campus. To accomplish this I realized that it would be essential to bring forensic science into three key areas: education, research, and community service. FIRE was launched in 2006 to promote partnerships and public service as a means of enhancing educational activities and exploring research possibilities. Internal and external boards of advisors facilitate all of FIRE's efforts. The internal board is comprised of approximately 15 MTSU faculty and administrators, while the external board consists of top administrators from state and federal agencies including the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; Metropolitan Davidson County Medical Examiner's Office; Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Tennessee Dept. of Safety and Homeland Security; Drug Enforcement Authority; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The internal and external boards meet annually to explore needs and examine areas of funded research. We have an excellent and committed support staff that continually pursues innovative and creative means of enhancing learning and scholarship at MTSU and brings all of FIRE's projects to fruition.

To learn more about each of our goals, please click on the links below.

Again, I welcome you to the Forensic Institute for Research and Education. If you are a serious student seeking a career in forensic science, an established forensic science practitioner considering a Master's degree, a forensic scientist or law enforcement personnel seeking specialized training, or just an average citizen with a strong interest in forensic science, I invite you to check us out. We may be what you have been looking for!

The Forensic Institute for Research and Education is located in Room 106 of Wiser-Patten Science Hall. If you would like more information about FIRE, please contact us at 615-494-7713 or fire@mtsu.edu. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, click here.

Dr Berryman with Horseshoe 

 Hugh Berryman, Ph. D., D-ABFA


FIRE's Mission Statement

To advance forensic sciences through education, research, and community service in collaboration with faculty, students, and community partners.

The Forensic Science undergraduate program is a major within the Biology Dept. Click here to be directed to the program's website.

Questions? Email us at fire@mtsu.edu.

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