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Lead Institutions

CSAFE Lead Institutions

Iowa State University, the University of California, Irvine, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Virginia, West Virginia University and Duke University bring together the expertise of their researchers and the resources of their institutions to support the mission of CSAFE and the forensic science community.

Ames, Iowa

More than 36,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries come to study at Iowa State University of Science and Technology. The university is home to 100 majors, world-class scholars, and 800-plus student organizations. Iowa State has an impressive history of discovery and continues to add new chapters of innovation each year.


Irvine, California

The University of California, Irvine is consistently ranked among the nation’s best universities. Achievements in the sciences, arts, humanities, medicine, and management have garnered top 50 national rankings for more than 40 academic programs. It has an undergraduate enrollment of more than 25,000 who study in the sprawling 1,474-acre suburban campus.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Carnegie Mellon University is a top-tier, private, global research university that challenges the curious and passionate to deliver work that matters. The university’s award-winning faculty is renowned for working closely with students to solve major scientific, technological and societal challenges through a multidisciplinary approach and a distinctive mix of programs.


Durham, North Carolina

Founded in 1838, Duke is a private research university enrolling approximately 6,500 undergraduate and 8,500 graduate students representing almost every state and many foreign countries. Duke University is recognized as one of the premier research institutions and routinely ranks in the top of all U.S universities in research expenditures.


Charlottesville, Virginia

Founded in 1819, the University of Virginia has an undergraduate enrollment of more than 16,000 who study at the suburban campus. UVA offers the vast intellectual resources of a major research university but fosters the intimacy, sense of community, and dedication to undergraduate life typically found at a small liberal arts college.

Morgantown, West Virginia

As a land-grant institution serving almost 30,000 students, West Virginia University creates a diverse and inclusive culture that leads transformation across the globe. A focus on ground-breaking, high-impact research earned the university an R1 ranking, the highest research category institution. The Center for World University Rankings placed WVU in the top 3% of 19,000 universities worldwide.