Forensics Mentors Institute
The Forensics Mentors Institute (FMI) promotes programs related to mentorship of professionals in the forensic sciences. Mentorship is a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. It is an essential adjunct to education in terms of a person’s ability to advance in their career, and find meaningful opportunities for growth, promotion, and in turn becoming a leader and mentor for the next generation.
Anyone can be a mentor, regardless of their stage in life or career. Anyone who has experience to share with a younger or less experienced person, to help them make good choices and avoid mistakes, can be an effective mentor and make a difference in someone’s life.
At FMI, our flagship program is the G John DiGregorio Summer Science Program. This program matches students from Arcadia University’s FEPAC accredited Forensic Science program with high school students from inner city Philadelphia and surrounding counties. The Arcadia students spend the summer between their first and second year providing guidance, advice and encouragement to the high school students as they learn about science and the scientific method, learn how to work safely in a laboratory environment, and begin an investigation of a forensic science challenge or mystery, and help contribute to our overall knowledge base.