Young Forensic Scientist Forum – November 2015

Source: Brianna Bermudez, YFSF Secretary A Letter from the YFSF President The AAFS 68th Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas, NV, is about four months away. Now is the perfect time to make your airline travel plans and hotel reservations. All pertinent information is available on the AAFS website. Hotel reservation, airline, and meeting information […]

YFSF Bring Your Own Poster Session March 2015 News Update

The AAFS 67th Annual Scientific Meeting YFSF Poster Session showcased 24 poster presentations covering a variety of topics: DNA, toxicology, chemistry, and anthropology. Members of the Academy showed their interest and provided positive feedback and stimulating discussion with the presenters. Thank you to all the presenters of the YFSF Poster Session. The research truly showed […]

YSFS Bring Your Own Slides Session March 2015 News Update

The 2015 YFSF Bring Your Own Slides event was a hit! There were six outstanding research presentations. Mia Solomon, from the University of Central Oklahoma presented her research “Serial Homicide-Patterns in Cooling Off Periods.” Virginia Commonwealth University student Tiffany Layne presented “Stability and Variation of microRNAs for Body Fluid Identification” and George Washington graduate student […]

YSFS Breakfast Session March 2015 News Update

This year’s YFSF Breakfast Session, “Getting There: Unique Professional Journeys in Forensic Science,” was an entertaining and inspiring success. The two speakers provided a well-rounded presentation: Christine Funk gave advice on working in a crime lab and Ann Ross gave advice on working in an academic field. In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the […]

YFSF Special Session

The 2015 Young Forensic Scientists Forum Special Session was a great success! The theme for the session this year “YFSF 20th Anniversary: The Past, The Present, and Our Future” celebrated the last 20 years in forensic science. There were around 45 attendees who were given career and academic advice from speakers in various disciplines, including […]

A Note from the YFSF Secretary

The AAFS 67th Annual Meeting has come to a close and what a memorable meeting it was! YFSF attendees heard from several speakers about professionalism, ethics, and ways to expand their careers to become well-rounded students and professionals. Thank you to all the YFSF speakers and attendees for their participation. Your support made all of […]

A Letter from the 2014-15 YFSF President

What a great week! The YFSF events at the AAFS 67th Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, FL, were very successful. I am so proud and appreciative of all the hard work all of the YFSF committee members put in this past year planning our special session. The YFSF would also like to thank all of […]

YFSF Breakfast Session January 2015 News Update

We have an excellent panel of speakers for this year’s YFSF Breakfast Session “Getting There: Unique Professional Journeys in Forensic Science.” Christine Funk, General Counsel for the Washington, DC, Department of Forensic Sciences, will present “How to Blossom Where You Are Planted and Figure Out How You’ll Grow.” She will be joined by Ann Ross, […]

YFSF Special Session January 2015 News Update

The theme for this year’s YFSF Special Session is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Young Forensic Scientists Forum. The YFSF Special Session Chair Christina Hayes, and her Co-Chair Jessica Smith have planned a day-long event entitled “YFSF 20th Anniversary: The Past, the Present, and Our Future,” which includes presentations from numerous speakers from a […]

Financial Liaison January 2015 News Update

The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) has worked hard to plan the YFSF Special Session, Breakfast Session, Poster Session, and Slide Session. Our sessions are made possible by the generous contributions from individuals, organizations, and universities. The YFSF’s goal is to help first-time meeting attendees, students, and young forensic professionals take full advantage of the […]

A Note from the YFSF Secretary January 2015 News Update

The AAFS 67th Annual Scientific Meeting is quickly approaching; hopefully, your travel arrangements have already been made. If not, remember that hotel accommodations become limited the closer we get to the meeting; therefore, it is imperative you book your room as soon as possible. Not sure where to stay? Look on the AAFS website (, […]

Things Every Young Forensic Scientist Should Know-The Do’s and Don’ts of Working in a Lab

Jennifer Curnow, the YFSF BYOP Chair, currently works as a Latent Fingerprint Technician for Oak Ridge Associated Universities. She has compiled a list of “Do’s” and “Don’ts” for working in a lab. DO: Follow the personal protective equipment (PPE) policies: wear safety glasses, lab coat, gloves, long pants, closed-toed shoes; Follow all procedures and policies […]