AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award: Call for Nominations


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The AAFS Past Presidents Council (PPC) is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award, to be presented at the AAFS Annual Meeting in 2017.

The award’s intent is to provide Academy-wide recognition for the contributions of an Associate Member, Member, or Fellow of the Academy with no more than 10 years of experience. The recipient will have demonstrated both leadership and outstanding achievement through contributions that have served to advance forensic science.

Nominations can be made by any Fellow of the Academy, and should be directed to the Chair of the nominee’s section. A letter detailing the candidate’s accomplishments and the reasons she/he is deserving should be sent together with the nominee’s CV and any relevant supporting documentation.

The Award will be presented before the entire Academy at the Annual Business Meeting and will include a handsome plaque, a check for $1,000, and an all-expenses paid trip to the 2017 AAFS Annual Meeting, where the winner will be expected to submit a paper of their choosing for presentation.

Purpose: To recognize outstanding contributions to forensic science research, education, and/or practice during the recipient’s early professional career.

Criteria:

  1. The recipient shall be an Associate Member, Member, or Fellow of the AAFS.
  2. The recipient shall have been eligible for the status of Associate Member of the Academy no more than ten (10) years prior to their nomination.
  3. The recipient shall have demonstrated both leadership and outstanding achievement through contributions that have served to advance forensic science and its application to the legal system in a manner that promotes professionalism, integrity, competency, education, research, practice, and collaboration.

Nominating Procedure: Candidates must be nominated by a Fellow of the Academy. All nominations will be directed to the chair of the nominee’s section with a letter of nomination detailing the candidate’s accomplishments and the reasons she/he is deserving of this Academy-wide recognition, together with a current copy of the nominee’s curriculum vita, and any relevant supporting documentation (e.g., a seminal publication; an innovative course syllabus or textbook; a significant contribution to the AAFS program such as organizing a workshop or interdisciplinary panel).

Selection Process: Each section’s officers will review all candidates nominated from their section, and will then select the one (1) most qualified candidate to represent their section. The section chair will then forward that candidate’s nomination package to the Past Presidents Council Chair for consideration no later than June 1.

The Chair of the Past Presidents Council will serve as chair of the PPC Award Committee, shall designate up to five (5) additional past Academy presidents to review the applications, and propose a nominee to the entire PPC for its consideration. In the event of a tie, the nominee will be chosen by the Chair of the PPC. The recommendation of the PPC shall then be forwarded to the AAFS Board of Directors no later than July 1 for its action.

Award Presentation: The award will be presented by the Chair of the Past Presidents Council at the Annual Business Meeting of the AAFS.

The Award: The award shall consist of a check for $1,000 and an appropriate commemorative plaque to be prepared by the Academy staff. In addition, the expense of the recipient’s attendance at the annual meeting where the award is presented shall be paid by the Academy, including registration, coach airfare, lodging while in attendance at the annual meeting not to exceed five nights, and up to $75 per diem.

The awardee shall also be required to submit an abstract through the AAFS online submission system or a Call for Papers form, on a topic of his/her choosing, for presentation during the Scientific Sessions at the next annual meeting. The abstract will be submitted to the AAFS in accordance with the annual meeting abstract submission requirements.

The paper may then be submitted to the Journal of Forensic Sciences to be considered for publication.