About FIRE

Founded in 2006 by nationally known and respected forensic anthropologist, Dr. Hugh Berryman, FIRE augments MTSU’s already strong Forensic Science, Anthropology and Criminal Justice programs by providing integrative opportunities for students in different fields to engage in common projects. One way we do this is through sponsorship of the Forensic Anthropology Search and Recovery (FASR) Team, which involves students in real-world forensic recoveries at the request of local and state law enforcement agencies. Other FIRE activities include a speaker series that brings internationally known forensic scientists and legal scholars to campus for the benefit of the public and the MTSU community. We also host our annual summer camp CSI:MTSU that makes forensic science accessible to high school students.

FIRE maintains both internal and external boards of advisors that help to facilitate all of the institute’s efforts and ensure that FIRE is meeting the needs of the students and broader community. The internal board is composed of MTSU faculty and administrators, while the external board consists of top administrators and forensic science practitioners from around the state and nation, and has historically included 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. These internal and external boards meet annually to explore needs and examine areas of funded research.

All mailed correspondence should be directed to:

Box 89
Murfreesboro TN 37132


Please consider donating to FIRE during the 2024 True Blue Give Campaign February 13, 14 and 15. Your gift is tax-deductible.

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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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Questions? Email us at fire@mtsu.edu.

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