Young Forensic Scientists Forum Special Session 2018

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Sources: Amanda R. Hale, MA, YFSF Special Session Chair and Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Special Session Co-Chair

The 2018 YFSF Special Session is coming along great. This year’s Special Session organizers, Amanda Hale ( and Zain Bhaloo (, want to thank everyone who volunteered to present at this year’s meeting! There were many fantastic volunteers from the Academy this year.

The 2018 YFSF Special Session theme is Research in Science: How Young Scientists Can Shape a Better Future. This year’s Academy theme inspires and renews scientists to remember that what they do has merit, their contributions have value, and, most importantly, the work they do is important. Our theme was chosen to invigorate young scientists by not only reminding them that what they do matters, but the paths they choose, the decisions they make, and the work they do can and should have a positive impact on the future of their careers, their disciplines, and on the scientific community at large.

The YFSF Special Session organizers have been hard at work and have already begun to compile speakers for the 2018 session, including current graduate students presenting their own work. Michael Peat, the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) Editor-in-Chief, will discuss approaches to publication and how best to get your research noticed. Other speakers will present regarding both national and international opportunities for students as well. The YFSF hopes to see you there!

A complete schedule of the presentations for the 2018 YFSF Special Session will be published in the fall. If you have any questions, please contact