About FIRE

MTSU established the Forensic Institute for Research and Education (FIRE) in summer 2006. The institute brings together faculty and students in several scientific specialties to provide exceptional educational and training opportunities for law enforcement, medical examiners, coroners, attorneys, social workers, and other groups in forensic science and Homeland Security. FIRE also fosters research collaboration and grant development among faculty.

All mailed correspondence should be directed to:

Box 89
Murfreesboro TN 37132

Please consider donating to FIRE

This year, FIRE's primary focus during the TrueBlue Give Campaign was 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.
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. To make a gift online, click on Donate to MTSU. When you visit the link, you are given a chance to make a "Gift Designation." Please check select the funds for your gift, select other in the box that will appear, and type in your fund preference (Forensic Institute for Research and Education Fund) in Other Giving Preference/Additional Comments box. Then finish filling in the information and click next at the bottom.

On behalf of FIRE, we sincerely thank you for your generous donation.

To establish a new scholarship or for more information about supporting the Forensic Institute for Research and Development, please contact: Meredith Kerr, Development Director, College of Liberal Arts, Middle Tennessee State University, MTSU P.O. Box 109, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132. (615) 898-5223.


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