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Forensic Mentors - Biology, Toxicology and Chemistry
Location Willow Grove, PA
Department Foundation
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Title: Forensic Mentors (3 openings) - Biology, Forensic Chemsitry and Toxicology

shift - 1st shift Monday through Friday - full time


The Forensic Sciences Mentoring Institute (FMI) is a full time, 5-week forensic science casework experience held annually during the summer in Willow Grove, PA. The program is designed to give high school students the opportunity to work alongside forensic mentors to carryout forensic biology, forensic chemistry, or forensic toxicology evidence testing. The program consists of three forensic mentors and 12 high school students from Philadelphia and surrounding areas. Mentors will be required to be on-site for the duration of the program. Mentors will be responsible for teaching high school students about forensic science and laboratory techniques used in the field through the use of virtual laboratory simulations or in-person experiences, as permitted by health and safety regulations. The high school students will be required to give formal presentations during the program to the staff members and external forensic science professionals. Throughout the summer, a guest lectures by renowned experts within the forensic science community will be provided. 

Important Dates:

  • A four-week training course will be held from May 24th to June 18th for mentors only
  • Orientation Day will be held on Saturday, June 19th for mentors and students
  • FMI officially begins on Monday, June 21st and runs through Friday, July 23rd
  • Presentation Day will be held on Saturday, July 24th 

 Mentor Requirements: 

  • Mentors are required to attend all dates, as outlined above. Weekday schedules are from 8 am – 4 pm. Saturday event typically run from 8 am – 12 noon
  • Mentors will be required to complete Pennsylvania State clearances through the Department of Human Services, required for all employees working with minors
  • Mentors will be required to prepare PowerPoint presentations and associated laboratory activities based on their specific forensic science discipline
  • Mentors will be required to teach high school students about forensic science using PowerPoint lectures, laboratory equipment, and instrumentation
  • Mentors will be required to prepare a Presentation Day newsletter outlining the activities of the program to be distributed to students, family members, and presentation day attendees


How to apply:

  • Applicants must submit a CV including education, experience, and relevant information, as well as undergraduate/graduate transcripts and a letter of intent (max. one page)
  • Please submit an application to the email below. Interviews will be scheduled following applicant review.


For more information, please visit our website www.frfoundation.org/fmi. If you have any questions involving our summer program and mentor positions, or if you would like to submit an application, please email Amanda Mohr at mandi.mohr@frfoundation.org.


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