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Forensic Institute for Research and Education at MTSU

Welcome to the Forensic Institute for Research and Education at MTSU

CSI MTSU Camp is now full. To be added to a waiting list, please email with “waiting list” on the subject line.

Click here to learn more about CSI camp for high school students.

Welcome to the Forensic Institute for Research and Education (FIRE) website. FIRE has the overarching responsibility to facilitate the integration of education, research, and community service in forensic science through partnerships and public engagement.

Forensic science, at the most basic level, is the application of science to matters of legal significance–fingerprints, toxicology, ballistics, DNA, skeletal analysis–any area of science that can assist the legal system in resolving a case or controversy.

Recent advances in forensic science have revolutionized crime fighting and the search for justice. FIRE’s goal is to promote these advances in a directed and coordinated manner by sponsoring research and encouraging the dissemination of the results through teaching and community outreach.

To learn more about each of our goals, please click on the links below.

Again, we welcome you to the Forensic Institute for Research and Education. If you are a serious student seeking a career in forensic science, an established forensic science practitioner considering a Master’s degree, a forensic scientist or law enforcement personnel seeking specialized training, or just an average citizen with a strong interest in forensic science, we invite you to check us out. We may be what you have been looking for! Thomas D. Holland, JD, PhD, DABFADirector, FIRE 

The Forensic Institute for Research and Education is located in Room 106 of Wiser-Patten Science Hall. If you would like more information about FIRE, please contact us at 615-494-7713 or If you would like to be added to our mailing list, click here.   

 Hugh Berryman, PhD, D-ABFA Founding Director
Forensics Institute for Research and Education (FIRE) faculty and staff in their office in Wiser-Patten Science Hall. Paul Cole, Project Manager, left, Sara Broh, Administrative Assistant, Thomas Holland, Director, and Tiffany Saul, Associate Professor.

FIRE’s Mission Statement

To advance forensic sciences through education, research, and community service in collaboration with faculty, students, and community partners.

The Forensic Science undergraduate program is a major within the Biology Dept. Click here to be directed to the program’s website.

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Box 89
Murfreesboro TN 37132

Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU P.O Box 109
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

(615) 898-5223