Young Forensic Scientist Forum – November 2015

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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 are online as well. The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Program Committee has been updating everyone as to what to expect for the 2016 YFSF Special Session throughout the year and we hope these updates have sparked interest in the YFSF events. You must pre-register in order to attend any of the workshops, breakfast sessions, lunch sessions, scientific sessions, as well as the YFSF Special Session. It is best to register as early as possible as spaces fill up quickly! The YFSF Special Session registration includes the full-day session on Tuesday, the Bring Your Own Poster (BYOP) and Bring Your Own Slides (BYOS) Sessions, as well as the breakfast session on Thursday. Additional information can be found in the appropriate sections of the YFSF newsletter.

If you are interested in applying to be on the YFSF Program Committee, be sure to bring your CV or résumé to YFSF events and let a current YFSF committee member know that you are interested. There will be several positions open for the upcoming year. The program committee appointments will be finalized in March of 2016 and work will immediately begin on the 2017 YFSF Program in New Orleans. Questions regarding 2016 YFSF registration, or how to become a committee member, may be directed to

Lara Frame-Newell, MA
YFSF President

A Note from the YFSF Secretary
If you or someone you know is new to the field of forensic science, the YFSF is a great organization with which to get involved. Attendance at YFSF events gives participants the opportunity to network with experienced professionals as well as improve their résumés and CVs. The YFSF Special Session is geared toward college students and professionals with less than five years of experience in the field. Younger students may be interested in the Student Academy about which more information can be found online. YFSF program events are invaluable networking experiences that you will not want to miss. Those unable to register can still look forward to listening to research presentations given by young scientists at the YFSF Bring Your Own Poster and Bring Your Own Slides Sessions in the evenings.

If you have questions, feel free to email any of the committee members or fill out the form at: The YFSF looks forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

Brianna Bermudez, BS
YFSF Secretary

Jacob Griffin, BS
YFSF Assistant Secretary


YFSF Financial Liaison
The YFSF would like to take this opportunity to thank those who responded to our requests for contributions for the AAFS 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting! Your assistance helps to make our program possible and continues to help students and young professionals advance in their careers. Universities with Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) -accredited programs have received letters from the YFSF, which will also be sent out to forensic vendors, asking for a financial contribution or a contribution of resources for the YFSF Special Session. The YFSF relies on this support to hold our events during the AAFS Annual Meeting.

With the meeting just around the corner, the YFSF is finalizing its plans and needs this continued support. If you would like to donate to any of the YFSF events, please contact the YFSF Financial Liaison.

Lindsay Saylors, BS
YFSF Financial Liaison

YFSF Special Session
The 2016 YFSF Special Session committee would like to invite all aspiring forensic scientists to attend the La Viva Forensics session in Las Vegas. The session will be held on Tuesday, February 23. Speakers from most AAFS sections will be presenting. They have real-world experience and will be presenting casework in which forensic evidence and scientific testimony was pivotal to the outcome of the case. For more information, please contact

Sara Ellis, MS
YFSF Special Session Chair

Amanda Hale, MA
YFSF Special Session Co-Chair

YFSF Breakfast Session
The YFSF Breakfast Session Chairs are excited about the AAFS 68th Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas! We have a great panel of professionals who are ready to share their wisdom with young forensic students and professionals during the breakfast session. The panelists will answer any questions you may have, so be prepared to “Ask the Expert!” As always, we will follow up the discussion period with a résumé review, so make sure to have copies and take advantage of this opportunity.

If you are an experienced forensic scientist, please consider serving as a panelist and discussing your experiences and expertise with young forensic scientists. Contact Christina Hayes or Kelsey Carpenter if you have questions or would like to be involved.

Christina Hayes, BS
YFSF Breakfast Session Chair

Kelsey Carpenter, BS
YFSF Breakfast Session Co-Chair

YFSF Bring Your Own Slides Session
The Bring Your Own Slides (BYOS) Session provides students and young professionals the opportunity to present their research at the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas, NV. Chosen participants will give an oral presentation covering as much or as little as they would like in the given time slot. The audience is generally composed of peers, professors, possible future employers, and leaders in the field. This is a wonderful opportunity to network and add presentation experience to your résumé!

The YFSF BYOS committee is currently accepting applications through December 1. If you are interested in presenting, please submit a detailed one-page abstract and CV to If you have questions, please feel free to contact Betzaida Maldonado or Jeremy Manheim.

Betzaida Maldonado, MSFS
YFSF Bring Your Own Slides Chair

Jeremy Manheim, BS
YFSF Bring Your Own Slides Co-Chair

YFSF Bring Your Own Poster Session
Hello, young forensic scientists! The February meeting is just around the corner, which means you should plan your abstract submission for the YFSF Bring Your Own Poster (BYOP) Session. YFSF BYOP presents as an ideal opportunity for students and young forensic scientists to share their research and gain invaluable feedback in a comfortable environment. Mentors, please encourage your students to present their term papers, research projects, or interesting cases at this year’s YFSF BYOP Session. If you missed the August 1 abstract submission deadline, the YFSF December 1 abstract deadline provides plenty of time for students and young forensic scientists to put together presentations of their summer research projects or case write-ups.

Interested students and young forensic scientists should submit a one-page, detailed abstract and abbreviated curriculum vitae by December 1 to If you have questions, feel free to email Alicja Lanfear.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Alicja Lanfear, PhD
YFSF Poster Session Chair