Call For Nominations: 2022-23 AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award


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The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Past Presidents Council (PPC) is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the 2022–23 Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding contributions to forensic science research, education, and/or practice during the recipient’s early professional career. The recipient will receive a plaque, a check for $1,000, and reimbursement to attend the 2023 AAFS Annual Scientific Conference (including registration, coach airfare, lodging while in attendance at the conference not to exceed five nights, and up to $75 per diem per day).

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; and (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. Nominations must be submitted to Assistant Director Kimberly Wrasse, kwrasse@aafs.org, no later than April 15 (11:59 p.m. MDT). Nominations must include: a letter of nomination detailing the candidate’s accomplishments and the reasons she/he is deserving of this Academy-wide recognition; a current copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae; and any relevant supporting documentation (e.g., a seminal publication; an innovative course syllabus or textbook; or a significant contribution to the AAFS meeting program, such as organizing a workshop or an interdisciplinary panel).

AAFS staff will forward all nominations to the appropriate section chairs. Each section may submit one candidate to the PPC Chair for consideration no later than June 1. The PPC Selection Committee will make its selection and will present its nominee to the Executive Committee for consideration at its midyear meeting.