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:
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.
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