AAFS Application Requirements for Students:
For full details, go to http://www.aafs.org/ and look in “membership.”
Deadline for Submissions
Your completed application, including reference forms and any additional section requirements, must be received and completed by October 1 in order to be acted upon at the AAFS Annual Meeting the following February. The deadline for receipt and completion is firm. It is recommended that applications are completed by July 1st. An early submission will give AAFS an opportunity to review your application, contact you with any deficiencies or questions, and forward your completed application to the appropriate Section Officers for their review well in advance of the deadline.
The required $25 USD application fee must accompany the application form. The application fee is a one time fee; the fee is waived when an application to upgrade is submitted. Please be advised that you will be subject to annual dues if your application is approved in February. If approved, you will receive an invoice for $145 (except Student Affiliates whose dues will be $55) along with your notification of approval.
It is the applicant's responsibility to distribute the form to the recommenders who must return them directly to the AAFS by the October 1 deadline.
AAFS Basic Requirements for Student Affiliate
A person who is enrolled full time in an undergraduate or graduate program leading to a career in one of the disciplines of the forensic sciences may become a Student Affiliate of the Academy. Each Student Affiliate must certify eligibility annually.
Specific Requirements for Criminalistics Division (includes DNA Forensic Science)
A. Student Affiliate
1. AAFS Basic Requirements for Student Affiliate must be fulfilled, and
2. Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited college or university leading to a degree that would be used to support a career in a criminalistics discipline, and
3. Applicant must provide one (1) letter of reference from his/her academic advisor.