General 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.

General Promotion Requirements:

While serving as a Member, the applicant must:

  1. Register and attend a minimum of two (2) annual meetings of the AAFS and two (2) General Section Business Meetings. 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 (special consideration may be given for promotion after attendance at one (1) meeting if extenuating circumstances have prevented attendance for two (2) years and all other promotion requirements have been met); and
  2. Meet three (3) of the following requirements prior to the annual meeting at which promotion to Fellow is conferred
    NOTE: At least one (1) of the contributions must be from category c., d., or e.):
    1. Participate as an active member or chair of a committee of the General Section of AAFS. One (1) year of committee work equals one (1) contribution. The committee chair will submit a list of active members at the end of each year to the section chair which will be retained by the Historical Committee; or
    2. Serve as the General Section Luncheon speaker; or
    3. Present a scientific or technical paper or poster accepted for presentation in a scientific session, workshop, breakfast seminar, or luncheon seminar; or
    4. Author a scientific paper that is accepted for publication in the Journal of Forensic Sciences.
      NOTE: Letters to the Editor or Book Reviews will not be considered in fulfilling this requirement; or
    5. 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 one (1) occasion; and
  3.  Demonstrate active work in the forensic sciences at the time the promotion application is filed.

References not required.

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