Criminalistics Fellow Requirements

AAFS Promotion Requirements:

Applicants for membership in the Academy, or for promotion, shall be considered without regard to ancestry, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, faith, disability, or membership in other organizations.

  1. The criteria for promotion are applicable to all members seeking promotion to Member or to Fellow. Applications must be received and completed by October 1 to be considered for approval at the AAFS annual meeting.
  2. The criteria for original membership, as stated in the Bylaws for the AAFS Basic Requirements, still apply to promotions:
    • Membership shall be available only to those persons of professional competence, integrity, and good moral character:
      • Who are actively engaged in the field of forensic sciences and who have made some significant contribution to the literature of forensic science, or
      •  Who have advanced the cause of forensic science in some other significant manner, and
      •  Who satisfy the requirements for membership of the section applied to or recommended for, and
      •  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.
    • In addition, the following criteria for service to the AAFS and to forensic science in general is used:
      • Service to the AAFS. This includes attendance at the annual meetings and participation in the program. Attendance at a minimum of one (1) meeting is required for advancement from Associate Member to Member and one (1) additional meeting for advancement from Member to Fellow. However, if exigencies such as workload requirements, finances, or ill health preclude such attendance, this will be taken into consideration.  It is AAFS policy that members who exhibit at the annual meeting must pay the meeting registration fee, if the exhibitor wishes to receive continuing education credit or count the meeting attendance toward fulfilling a requirement for membership promotion.
      • Service in the general area of forensic sciences. This is intended to recognize the individual who performs outstanding service in the execution of his/her regular responsibilities but who, in so doing, is unable to excel in other endeavors.
      • Service in the area of forensic science research. Any contribution which the individual has made since his/her admission to the AAFS or latest advancement will be given consideration.
      • Service in the area of forensic science education or training. Any effort (either by formal or informal curricula) to disseminate the scientific information which the individual has acquired throughout his/her career will be considered.

Criminalistics Promotion Requirements:

While serving as a Member, the applicant must:

  1. Serve a minimum of two (2) years as a full Member; and
  2. Register and attend a minimum of two (2) annual meetings of the AAFS. The meeting at which the title of Member was conferred, if attended, may be counted however, the meeting at which the title of Fellow is being considered shall not be counted; and
  3. While serving as an Associate Member or Member, meet one (1) or more of the following requirements on three (3) separate occasions (for a total of three (3) points) within 10 consecutive years prior to, but not including, the annual meeting at which the title of Fellow is being considered:
    1. Be presenting author of an oral or poster presentation at an annual meeting of the AAFS. One (1) presentation counts as one (1) point.
      NOTE: This requirement is fulfilled if the applicant’s presentation in person is confirmed; or
    2. Prepare and submit a paper that is accepted for publication in the Journal of Forensic Sciences or other peer-reviewed scientific journal. One (1) publication counts as one (1) point.
      NOTE: This requirement is fulfilled if the applicant’s name appears as an author on the paper. Letters to the Editor or Book Reviews will not be considered in fulfilling this requirement; or
    3. Participate as a moderator or panelist at two (2) separate annual meetings of the AAFS. One (1) participation counts as a half point.
      NOTE: Only one (1) session per annual meeting counts. If applicant participates as a moderator or panelist for more than one session of a meeting, only a half point is earned; or
    4. Participate as a site evaluator/Commissioner for the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) or as faculty of a Forensic Science Educational Conference (FSEC) on two (2) separate occasions. One (1) participation counts as a half point; or
    5. Serve as an active member or chair of either an AAFS or Criminalistics Section committee for two (2) years. One (1) year of service counts as a half point.

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