Criminalistics Student Affiliate Requirements

AAFS Requirements:

Both at the time of application and at the time the application is being considered for approval (the following February), an applicant for Student Affiliate status must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program that would support a forensic science career accepted by the section to which application is being made. Each Student Affiliate must certify eligibility annually with the AAFS.

Student Affiliate status may be maintained for two consecutive calendar years beginning at the end of the calendar year within which graduation occurs. During the two year period, once employment in a forensic discipline recognized by a section of the AAFS is attained, Student Affiliates will be required to upgrade their membership to Trainee Affiliate or Associate Member.

Criminalistics Requirements:

Please refer to the AAFS Criminalistics Section Disciplines document for additional information.

  1. Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited college or university leading to a degree in one of the natural, physical, or forensic sciences (e.g., Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Physics) that would be used to support a career in a criminalistics discipline as listed above.
    NOTE: Post-graduate individuals do not meet the qualifications for Student Affiliate and should apply for Trainee Affiliate or Associate Member status; and
  2. Applicants must provide one (1) letter of reference from their department chair, program director, or academic advisor.

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