Forensic Science Educational Conferences

In December 2000, the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) was released comparing U.S. students with those of 41 other nations. At the end of 12th grade, our students ranked among the very lowest in math and science of the 42 countries. Keenly aware of the deficiencies, middle- and high school science teachers are seeking appropriate methods to improve science competence in students.

With today’s explosion of television programs and media coverage of the latest advancements in the forensic sciences, students have become fascinated with anything relating to the work of the forensic scientist. Wishing to foster a stronger interest in science learning among our nation’s young people, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences now co-sponsors Forensic Science Educational Conferences (FSEC). The goal of the Conferences is to increase science teachers’ knowledge of the forensic sciences and to assist them as they enrich and/or develop challenging, innovative curricula.

2020 Forensic Science Educational Conference

Due to these unprecedented times related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, university campuses are being closed for the immediate future. The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) had planned to host the AAFS Forensic Science Educational Conference (FSEC) during the summer of 2020, but will be unable to do so. NJIT is planning to host the conference in the summer of 2021 and will announce dates as soon as possible .

All current registrations will be canceled, and any payments will be refunded.

This page will be updated as new information becomes available. Thank you for your understanding.

Thirty-one conferences have been conducted thus far:

FSEC Conference History

Host University/College


Saint Louis University

July 25-27, 2002

Pace University

October 25-27, 2002

University of Texas at Arlington

October 17-19, 2003

Chaminade University

June 10-12, 2004

Saint Louis University II

July 19-23, 2004

Louisiana State University

November 5-7, 2004

West Virginia University

July 21-23, 2005

Cedar Crest College

October 8-10, 2005

Florida Gulf Coast University

May 5-7, 2006

Indiana University (IUPUI)

June 22-24, 2006

Saint Louis University III

July 24-26, 2006

Hamline University

June 21-23, 2007

Virginia Commonwealth University

July 19-21, 2007

Florida Gulf Coast University II

May 2-4, 2008

Saint Louis University IV

July 21-23, 2008

Michigan State University

August 4-7, 2008

University of Colorado at Boulder

June 7-10, 2009

Sam Houston State University

August 10-12, 2009

Radford University

July 29-31, 2010

Purdue University

July 11-13, 2011

San Jose State University

July 14-16, 2011

University of Central Oklahoma

June 25-27, 2012

University of Alabama at Birmingham

July 11-13, 2012

San Jose State University

July 11-13, 2012

Waynesburg University

August 7-9, 2012

San Jose State University

July 10-12, 2013

Towson University

July 16-18, 2013

Albany State University

June 17-19, 2014

Arcadia University

July 9-11, 2014

University of Mississippi

July 20-24, 2015

Albany State University

July 28-30, 2015

Click HERE to read comments from teachers who have attended a FSEC.

To host a future conference or for additional information, contact:

Nancy Jackson
Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator
Phone: (719) 636-1100
Fax: (719) 636-1993

FSEC Sponsors

The AAFS would like to take the time to thank all of our generous sponsors who support the Forensic Science Educational Conferences.

Their generous contributions make it possible to bring forensics to the classroom!

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