Seeking Ordway Hilton Award Nominations

Source: Kevin Kulbacki, MSFS, Questioned Documents Section Secretary

The Questioned Documents Section is seeking nominations for the Ordway Hilton Award. This prestigious award is presented by the Questioned Documents Section to a section Member, Fellow, Retired Member, or Retired Fellow who has made sustained, significant contributions to the field of Forensic Document Examination.   

Award Criteria:

  1. AAFS Standing: The recipient of this award must be a Member, Fellow, Retired Member, or Retired Fellow of the Questioned Documents Section for a minimum of three (3) consecutive years when this award is bestowed.
  2. Meeting Attendance: Nominee should have attended a minimum of one-half of the Questioned Documents Section annual business meetings in the six (6) years preceding the nomination.
  3. Section/AAFS Program Contributions: Nominee should have presented a scientific paper, poster, participated as a presenter in a joint or plenary session, or presented a breakfast seminar or workshop at an annual meeting of the AAFS within five (5) years of being nominated.
  4. Publications: Nominee should have published at least once in the Journal of Forensic Sciences. Publication can be, but is not limited to, any of the following: article, letter, technical note, or case history report.
  5. Section Positions: Nominee should have served in an elected position within the section, in an official AAFS capacity for at least one (1) year, as a committee chair for the Questioned Documents Section for at least one (1) year, or as a member of a committee(s) for at least three (3) years.

NOTE: In the absence of one of the section or AAFS activities (criteria 3, 4, or 5), nominees may be considered if they have made a significant contribution to the forensic science community that is not reflected by a specific section or AAFS effort. 

The Ordway Hilton Award will be presented to the recipient on February 21, 2024, at the Questioned Documents Section Business Meeting in Denver, CO.

Submit your nomination to Ted Burkes at


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