Call For 2019 Award Nominations


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Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, Awards Committee Chair, Past Presidents Council Chair

The nomination period for 2019 Academy-wide awards has opened. Please consider submitting nominations for the following awards. All references to the Policy and Procedure Manual may be found HERE.

The Gradwohl Medallion:

Summary of Criteria: The recipient must be or have been (posthumous nominees are permitted) a Fellow in the Academy with exceptional distinction in: (1) creative activity such as research in the physical sciences or literary accomplishments that distinctly advance forensic science; (2) outstanding service to the Academy; and (3) outstanding attainment in a public position and service related to forensic science. See Policy and Procedure Manual Section 6.1.2.

Deadline: Nominations must be received by the Awards Committee by June 1. Nominations may be submitted by email to: bldesportes@gmail.com.

The Distinguished Fellow Award:

Summary of Criteria: The recipient must be a Fellow in the Academy with: (1) meritorious service to the Academy, forensic science, and other professional organizations; (2) significant contributions to forensic science through management, publication, consultation, education, and research; and (3) outstanding achievements in public health, welfare, and safety. See Policy and Procedure Manual Section 6.1.3.

Deadline: Nominations must be received by the Awards Committee by June 1. Nominations may be submitted by email to: bldesportes@gmail.com.

The Ambassador of Forensic Science Award:

Summary of Criteria: The recipient may be an individual or group that has advanced the recognition of the power of forensic science in the pursuit of justice through public service or journalistic or humanitarian efforts. Academy members are not eligible for this award. It is designed to highlight the contributions of non-scientists to the forensic science community, such as reporters, government officials, or non-profit groups. See Policy and Procedure Manual Section 6.1.5.

Deadline: Nominations must be received by the Awards Committee by August 1. Nominations may be submitted by email to: bldesportes@gmail.com.

Past Presidents Council Award for Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science:

Summary of Criteria: The recipient must be an Associate Member, Member, or Fellow of the Academy. Affiliates and retired members are not eligible for the award. The recipient shall have been eligible for the status of Associate Member for no more than 10 years prior to nomination. The recipient shall have demonstrated leadership and outstanding achievement in forensic science. See Policy and Procedure Manual Section 6.14.4.

Deadline: Candidates must be nominated by a Fellow of the Academy and must be received by the AAFS Office by April 15. Nominations may be submitted by email to: kwrasse@aafs.org.