The Forensic Sciences Mentoring Institute (FMI) provides opportunities for high school students who are ready for additional academic and leadership challenges, to be immersed in a forensic laboratory setting and experience personal growth and development. At the FMI Summer Science Program, students work as a team to solve scientific problems and learn about the opportunities available for a career in science. Students and mentors who participate in the summer program experience not only valuable academic opportunities but also benefit from ongoing and lifelong mentorship.
FMI History & Dr. G. John DiGregorio
The Forensic Sciences Mentoring Institute (FMI) was created in 1999 by Dr. G. John DiGregorio, MD, Ph.D. and his colleague Robert McMichael. Having previously taught a summer high school science research program at Hahnemann Medical School, “Dr. D” and Bob sought to use their experience to realize Dr. Fredric Rieders’ goal of supporting and encouraging education in the sciences for young people in the Philadelphia area.
Dr. D helped shape the mission and programs that have propelled the evolution of the Fredric Rieders Family Foundation from a vision to an operating charitable foundation that continues to thrive and grow today. Dr. D served as Executive Director of the FMI program from 1999-2010. Dr. D passed away in, 2014, leaving a legacy of scholarship, education and mentoring that will live on in the memories and careers of the people that he touched during his very full and vibrant life. His love for teaching and mentorship inspires our staff and participants in the program to this day, nearly 20 years after he first founded the program.