Forensic Institute for Research and Education

Students of Distinction



Grad Student Alicja Kutyla has received a prestigious fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution. She's also been examining pork ribs that Dr. Hugh Berryman blasted with a pistol.

Dr. Hugh Berryman, director of FIRE, and Alicja Kutyla, a biology master's degree student, presented a paper at the American Academy of Forensic Science Annual Meeting in Washington, DC in February 2008 winning them the Ellis R. Kerley Award and $1000.


A research proposal by Dr. Hugh Berryman and student Alicja Kutyla, �Primer-Derived Gunshot Residue on Bone�Determination of its Presence and Maximum Gun-to-Target Distance,� has been selected for funding of $2,000 by the Forensic Sciences Foundation Lucas Research Grant Program for 2008-09.

Grad Student
Alicja Kutyla

Papers Submitted for Presentation at the 2009 annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Denver, Colorado

Cervical Vertebrae Entrapment in the Noose as Evidence of Cause of Death by Hanging in Skeletal Cases: Three Remarkable Finds, Jennifer Ledford, BA*, Barrett Gobelet, BA, and Hugh E. Berryman, PhD, Forensic Institute for Research and Education, Middle Tennessee State University, P.O. Box 89, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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The 4th annual Forensic Science Symposium for students grades 7-12 is accepting applications. Click here for more information.

 2014 Middle Tennessee Cyber Summit: Security Essentials, May 5 and 6. Click here for more information and to register.

CSI:MTSU registration is now open. Click here for more information and to register.

Forensic Lab Accreditation, June 19 and 20