Call For 2021–22 Award Nominations


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Source: Jeri Ropero-Miller, PhD, Past Presidents Council Chair, Awards Committee Chair

The nomination period for 2021–22 Academy-wide awards has opened. Please consider submitting nominations for the following awards.

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 ten years prior to nomination. The recipient shall have demonstrated leadership and outstanding achievement in forensic science. See Policy and Procedure Manual Section 6.13.4.

Nominating Procedure and Deadline: Candidates must be nominated by a Fellow of the Academy. All nominations must be submitted to the AAFS Administrative Office no later than April 15 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). Nominations may be submitted by email to: kwrasse@aafs.org.

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.

Nominating Procedure and Deadline: Nominations for the recipient of the Gradwohl Medallion may be submitted to the Awards Committee by any AAFS member or by committee members themselves. All nominations shall be in writing and may be submitted electronically to the chair of the Awards Committee. All nominations must include a letter detailing the candidate’s accomplishments and the reasons the candidate is deserving of the Medallion, together with a current copy of the candidate’s curriculum vitae, and any relevant supporting documentation. The deadline for  submitting recommendations for nominations to be considered by the Awards Committee is June 1. Nominations may be submitted by email to: jerimiller@rti.org.

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.

Nominating Procedure and Deadline: Any member of the AAFS or a member of the Awards Committee may submit nominations to the Awards Committee. All nominations must include a letter detailing the candidate’s accomplishments and the reasons the candidate is deserving of the Award, together with a current copy of the candidate’s curriculum vitae, and any relevant supporting documentation. All nominations shall be in writing and may be submitted electronically to the Chair of the Awards Committee. The deadline for submitting recommendations for nominations to be considered by the Awards Committee is June 1. Nominations may be submitted by email to: jerimiller@rti.org.

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. The individual or group may be nominated for their efforts in the course of their employment if the work advances the recognition of the power of forensic science in the pursuit of justice. 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.

Nominating Procedure and Deadline: Any member of the AAFS may submit recommendations for nominations to the Awards Committee. All recommendations for nominations shall be in writing and may be submitted electronically to the Chair of the Awards Committee. The deadline for submitting recommendations for nominations to be considered by the Awards Committee is August 1. Nominations may be submitted by email to: jerimiller@rti.org.