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General

The General Section is the most diverse section in the AAFS. Individuals applying for membership in the General Section shall be engaged in research, education, practice or management in the following disciplines: Forensic Accounting, Forensic Art & Sculpting, Forensic Aviation and Land Vehicle Accidents (non-engineering degree), Forensic Consulting, Forensic Coroner (non-medical degree), Medicolegal Death Investigator, Forensic Crime Scene Investigator, Forensic Education or Research, Forensic Firearms Analyst, Forensic Management & Administration, Forensic Nursing, Forensic Photography, Forensic Radiologist, Forensic Veterinary Science. This list is not all inclusive.

Hear from a General Forensic Scientist

The General Section is the Academy's gatekeeper, always willing to consider accepting new disciplines that develop in response to the needs of the justice system.  Our latest accepted discipline is Forensic veterinary sciences, concerned with the health and welfare of animals through the recovery, identification, and examination of material evidence of inhumane destruction, treatment, abuse, neglect, or illicit trade in animals or animal parts for legal purposes.  Veterinary technologists and technicians perform medical tests under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian to treat or to help veterinarians diagnose the illnesses and injuries of animals.

Section Leadership

Joanna L. Collins, MFS

Section Board Director
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Melissa A. Connor, PhD

Section Chair
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Bryan L. Janysek, Mfs

Section Secretary
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SECTION REQUIREMENTS

Entry Level Categories

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Student Affiliate

Academy Requirements

Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program that would support a forensic science career.

Section Requirements

  1. AAFS Basic Requirements for Student Affiliate must be fulfilled; and
  2. Applicants must provide one (1) letter of reference from their department chair, program director, or academic advisor indicating that the applicant is enrolled in a program or field relevant to the forensic sciences.

Trainee Affiliate

Academy Requirements

  1. Completed the educational requirements, but not the experience requirements for Associate Member
  2. Must be actively working toward completion of the experience requirements through training program/employment that supports a forensic science career 

Section Requirements

  1. AAFS Basic Requirements for Trainee Affiliate must be fulfilled; and
  2. Have less than five (5) years of experience with a baccalaureate degree, or less than four (4) years with a master's degree, or less than three (3) years with a doctorate degree; and
  3. Applicants must provide one (1) letter of reference from their immediate supervisor indicating that the applicant is working in a program or field relevant to the forensic sciences.

Associate Member

Academy Requirements

  1. Actively engaged in the field of forensic sciences and has made a significant contribution to the cause of advancing forensic science
  2. Earned a baccalaureate or higher academic degree from a U.S. college/university accredited by one of the regional accrediting bodies
  3. Has earned a baccalaureate or higher academic degree from a non-U.S. college or university bearing equivalent accreditation

Section Requirements

  1. AAFS Basic Requirements for Associate Member must be fulfilled; and
  2. Applicant must have earned a baccalaureate degree and have five (5) years of full-time experience or 7.5 years part-time experience in one (1) of the forensic sciences within the scope of coverage acceptable to the section, or a master's degree and four (4) years of similar full-time experience or 6.5 years part-time experience, or a doctorate degree and three (3) years of similar full-time experience or 4.5 years part-time experience. NOTE: Past experience is counted if: (a) related to current forensic discipline field, and (b) was not required to obtain educational degree; and
  3. Demonstrate current involvement in the forensic discipline for which applying; and
  4. Two (2) letters of reference. One (1) reference must be from a full Member, Fellow, or Retired Fellow of the General Section. The second reference may be from a General Section member, an AAFS member, or an acceptable reference from someone active in the forensic sciences. References must be able to comment knowledgeably on the applicant's qualifications.
SECTION REQUIREMENTS

Promotion Categories

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WHILE SERVING AS AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER

To Member

Academy Requirements

  1. Attendance at the annual conferences and participation in the program
  2. Performs outstanding service in the execution of his/her regular responsibilities
  3. Contributions made to the AAFS or latest advancement as service to forensic science research
  4. Service in the area of forensic science education or training acquired throughout his/her career

Section Requirements

While serving as an Associate Member, the applicant must:

  1. Fulfill the AAFS Basic Requirements for Promotion, and any such additional requirements as may be established for its members by a specific forensic science discipline represented in the General Section; and
  2. 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 Associate Member was conferred, if attended, may be counted; however, the meeting at which the title of Member 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
  3. Fulfill one of the three conditions in Group 1. (below) AND one of the three conditions in Group 2. (below):
    1. Group 1
      1. Serve for one year as an active member or chair of a standing or ad hoc committee of either the General Section or of the AAFS. 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 a moderator of at least one General Section Scientific Session during an annual meeting; or
      3. Serve as the General Section Luncheon speaker.
    2. Group 2
      1. Present a scientific or technical paper or poster accepted for presentation in a scientific session, workshop, breakfast or lunch session, or
      2. Author or co-author a scientific paper accepted for publication in the AAFS Journal of Forensic Sciences; NOTE: Letters to the Editor or Book Reviews will not be considered in fulfilling this requirement; or
      3. Participate as a site evaluator/Commissioner for the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) or as faculty of a CSI Summer Camp or Forensic Science Educational Conference (FSEC); and
  4. Demonstrate active work in the forensic sciences at the time the promotion application is filed.

References not required.

WHILE SERVING AS A MEMBER

To Fellow

Academy Requirements 

  1. Attendance at the annual conferences and participation in the program
  2. Performs outstanding service in the execution of his/her regular responsibilities
  3. Contributions made to the AAFS or latest advancement as service to forensic science research
  4. Service in the area of forensic science education or training acquired throughout his/her career

Section Requirements

While serving as a Member, the applicant must:

  1. Fulfill the AAFS Basic Requirements for Promotion, and any such additional requirements as may be established for its members by a specific forensic science discipline represented in the General Section; and
  2. 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
  3. 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 or AAFS. One (1) years 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 or lunch session, or
    4. Author a scientific paper that is accepted for publication in the Journal of Forensic Sciences. 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 CSI Summer Camp or Forensic Science Educational Conference (FSEC) on one (1) occasion; and
  4. Demonstrate active work in the forensic sciences at the time the promotion application is filed.

References not required.