The vision of our founder – Fredric Rieders – was that all young people deserve a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

With its popularity on television and in the media, the CFSRE believes forensic science is a tool that can be used to engage youth in science. Through our various STEM and outreach initiatives, the CFSRE provides career exploration and training opportunities for students of all ages.

Forensic Sciences Mentoring Institute

The Forensic Sciences Mentoring Institute (FMI) Summer Science Program gives high school students the chance to participate in crime scene investigations and learn about real forensic science techniques while getting an inside look into the CFSRE’s laboratory. Selected students spend 7 weeks over the summer investigating and solving a crime by analyzing evidence from mock cases including homicide, sexual assault, and drug trafficking investigations. Students work under the supervision and mentorship of forensic experts and dedicated forensic science mentors.

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STEM Outreach

The CFSRE partners with many area schools to provide innovative forensic science activities to supplement classroom curricula, including development of mock crime scenes, guest speaking engagements, laboratory field trips, enhanced hands-on laboratory activities, curricular review, and teacher training. If you are interested in taking advantage of one of these opportunities, please complete our request form below.


STEM Outreach Request Form

STEM Outreach