Criminalistics Associate Member Requirements

AAFS Requirements:

The entry level at which most applicants enter the AAFS (with the exception of Trainee Affiliate and Student Affiliate). Advancement to Member and then to Fellow is accomplished by meeting additional criteria established by each section. Associate Member status is granted to individuals:

  1. Who are actively engaged in the field of forensic sciences and who have made some significant contribution to the literature of forensic science, or
  2. Who have advanced the cause of the forensic science in some other significant manner, and
  3. Who satisfy the requirements for membership of the section applied to or recommended for, and
  4. Who have earned a baccalaureate or higher academic degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the United States Department of Education, or from a non-U.S. college or university bearing equivalent accreditation.

Criminalistics Requirements:

  1. Applicant must have earned a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) or higher degree from an accredited college or university in one of the natural, physical, or forensic sciences; and
  2. Have a minimum of two (2) years of experience in the field of criminalistics during which a substantial portion of the applicant’s time is/was devoted to research, practice, or management in a criminalistics discipline as listed above, and has testified as an expert witness, or by position, training, or experience, could be qualified as an expert witness in courts of law as to the results of those examinations, evaluations, and research efforts.
    NOTE: Post-doctoral positions with a research focus count toward the experience requirements. Internships do not count toward the experience requirements; or
  3. Have a PhD degree from an accredited college or university in one of the natural, physical, or forensic sciences and a minimum of two (2) years of experience as a full-time faculty member with the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor in a four-year, accredited educational institution granting baccalaureate or higher degrees in forensic science, criminalistics, or a track or specialization in forensic science clearly delineated in the college or university catalog during which the majority of the applicant’s teaching and research effort has been in subjects involving forensic science; or
  4. Hold a non-tenure track teaching position along with ten (10) or more years of practical experience in a criminalistics discipline; and
  5. Two (2) letters of reference. At least one (1) reference must be from a full Member, Fellow, Retired Member, or Retired Fellow of the Criminalistics section of the AAFS. Both reference must be able to comment knowledgeably on the applicant’s qualifications. Applicants who are unable to secure a letter of reference from a full Member, Fellow, Retired Member or Retired Fellow of the Criminalistics Section can submit with their application the names and contact information of two (2) additional individuals to recommend the application professionally.  The additional names will be forwarded to the Criminalistics Section Reference Committee for consideration.  The Criminalistics Section Reference Committee will forward their recommendation(s) to the AAFS Membership Department to be included with the applicant’s application.

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