The Forensic Sciences Mentoring Institute (FMI) promotes programs related to the 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 become a leader and mentor for the next generation.
Through the G John DiGregorio Summer Science Program, FMI provides opportunities for students in high schools with limited resources, or who are ready for additional academic and leadership challenges, to be immersed in a forensic laboratory setting and experience personal growth and development. Students work as a team to solve scientific problems and learn about the opportunities available for a career in science. Students and mentors participating in the summer program experience not only valuable academic opportunities but also benefit from lifelong mentorship.
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 on Saturday, July 12, 2014, leaving a legacy of scholarship, education and mentoring that will live on in the memories and careers of the people that he touched in the course of his very full and vibrant life. In light of this influence, the summer program was renamed “The G. John DiGregorio Summer Science Program.” His love for teaching and mentorship inspires our staff and participants in the program to this day.
FMI Program Summary for Summer 2016