Nearly all AAFS members join through one of our 12 discipline-focused sections. The first step in applying for AAFS membership is to identify which section you are best suited for. The second step is to identify which status category is most appropriate.
The AAFS is a multidisciplinary membership organization that provides "collaborative research, quality education, and recognized leadership to advance forensic science to inform its application to the law." I initially chose to become a member of this organization to take advantage of the discounted annual conference registration. After learning more about the AAFS, I chose to renew my membership because I believed in the foundation on which the organization stood. As a member, I chose to take an active leadership role because I believed I could make a difference.- C. Ken Williams, MS, JD
Each AAFS section provides opportunities for professional development, personal contacts, awards, and recognition. Sections keep their members informed regarding activities and developments in their fields through the AAFS weekly newsletter.
Membership Statuses & Affiliations
Once familiarized with the sections of the AAFS, you can begin applying to a specific status of membership/affiliation. Please view the requirements for each status.
Create your AAFS profile!
Even if you are not a member, you can still create an AAFS profile which enables you to apply for membership, access more resources and content, register for the annual conference, post a job, receive Academy-related updates, and more.