Welcome to the Forensic Institute for Research and Education at MTSU
This year, FIRE's primary focus during the TrueBlue Give Campaign is to raise support
for travel scholarships for our Forensic Anthropology Search and Recovery (FASR) Team.
These funds will allow students to participate in our Educational Study Abroad Program
with Dr. Tiffany Saul and to attend international/national conferences such as the
American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Scientific Meeting. If you would like
to help us achieve our fundraising goals for these student travel scholarships, please designate your TrueBlue gift to FIRE by typing "the Forensic Institute for
Research and Education" in the designation box of the online donation form.
The mission of the Forensic Institute for Research and Education (FIRE) is to advance forensic science through education, research, and community service in collaboration with faculty, students, and community partners. FIRE does this through a variety of initiatives. FIRE provides training to law enforcement, death investigators, arson investigators, and other forensic professionals across the state. First and foremost is our work with the FASR Team. This hand-selected student team assists law enforcement and the medical examiner's office with the recovery and analysis of skeletal remains. FASR team members are provided with hands-on, real-life experiences with crime scenes and skeletal casework unlike that available to undergraduate students from any other university in the country. Besides numerous K-12 school visits, FIRE conducts its annual CSI:MTSU forensic summer youth camp. This allows students in 9th - 12th grades to explore unique career possibilities in forensic science while they develop critical thinking and teamwork skills. Every spring and fall, FIRE hosts the William M. Bass Legends in Forensic Science lectureship, which brings in internationally-recognized forensic science experts to discuss a variety of topics and cases.
Every amount helps so please consider making your tax-deductible gift today. Remember to designate to The Forensic Institute for Research and Education (FIRE) by typing "the Forensic Institute for Research and Education" in the designation box on the online donation form.
On behalf of FIRE, we sincerely thank you for your generous donation.
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 email@example.com. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, click here.
Hugh Berryman, Ph. D., D-ABFA