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Forensic Institute for Research and Education

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 Forensic Anthropology Search and Recovery (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. This year, FIRE's primary focus is to raise support for travel scholarships for our 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. Every amount helps so please consider making your tax-deductible gift today by designating your TrueBlue gift to FIRE.

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