The Forensic Sciences Mentoring Institute has officially opened the application period for the 2019 class of future forensic scientists. Local high school juniors and seniors accepted into the program will spend 7-weeks working alongside actual scientists in a world-class laboratory while using the same instruments that forensic experts from across the country utilize to help solve crimes.
Students will analyze crime scene evidence based on actual cases including homicide, sexual assault, drug trafficking and forensic wildlife investigations under the mentorship of forensic experts. All FMI students learn how to test for DNA and determine the presence of drugs and poisons by examining bodily fluids, controlled substances, drug paraphernalia and body tissue samples.
Nestled in Willow Grove, PA the Center for Forensic Science Research and Education (CFSRE) at the Fredric Rieders Family Foundation has been fostering scientific mentorship and STEM development for nearly 20 years. “We mentor high school students and teach them about forensic science. We take in international visiting scholars and we also have intern students from graduate and undergraduate college programs from across the US who are all working with us over the summer,” said Heather McKiernan, Director of the CFSRE.
In 2019, the FMI program will be offered tuition-free for the second time ever since its creation. FMI Director Meaghan Drumm attributes this decision to create an inclusive atmosphere which will allow any student who wishes to apply for the program an opportunity to succeed, regardless of their economic background. Thanks to the CFSRE’s non-profit status, and support from the Rieders family, the FMI program has recently been able to drop this tuition requirement and allow students to attend free of charge. Scholarships are also available for students who qualify.
The FMI Summer Sciences Program runs from Saturday June 24th to Saturday August 10th. The laboratory will also be opening its doors for 2 open house dates in April where students, parents, teachers and school faculty members who are interested can tour the facility and witness some forensic demonstrations first hand!
To learn more or to apply for the 2019 FMI program, please visit www.frfoundation.org/FMI.