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Tiffin University Announces Cold Case Fellowship Program

Tiffin University’s School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences is accepting applications for the new Cold Case Fellowship Program, that will launch in the fall of 2023. The program will admit 25 new students into its first cohort, as well as a limited number of continuing students. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with TU’s faculty and third-party investigative agencies to investigate real-world unsolved mysteries. The collaboration will meet a significant community need while giving students hands-on experience in the field.

“The fellowship students will gain immersive, practical experience,” said Dr. Michael Curtis, Associate Professor of Criminal Law and Director of the program. “Most importantly though, the potential exists for those impacted by tragedy to gain some closure.”

Dr. Pete Piraino, Interim Dean of the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences emphasized that the Cold Case Fellowship Program will leverage real-world experience to develop future criminal justice professionals, while serving TU’s law enforcement partners and the greater community. He said, “Advancements in forensic technology in recent years have turned the tables toward the solving of cold cases. Tiffin University students, supported by a faculty with an expansive depth and breadth of professional experience, are well-positioned to investigate cold cases, assist law enforcement agencies and help seek justice for victims and their families.”

Applications for the fall of 2023 are currently being accepted. Interested students new to Tiffin University in fall 2023 should go to for detailed information on the application process. Current TU students who are interested in applying to the program should contact Dr. Michael Curtis for more information.

“I am very excited about what this new endeavor will spell for the future of TU, as well as law enforcement agencies and families across the country,” said Dr. Peter J. Holbrook, Provost and Chief Academic Officer. “This program has the capability of transforming students’ lives, and the lives of those effected by the cold case.”