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Application Process
New Members, Upgrades and Reinstatements

The Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists, Inc. (NEAFS) is a professional organization for people employed within the forensic sciences. Our goals are:
 

 

  • To exchange ideas and information within the field of forensic science and to foster friendship and cooperation among the various laboratory personnel.
     

  • To encourage a high level of competency among professionals in the field of forensic science.
     

  • To promote recognition of forensic science as an important component of the criminal justice system.
     

  • To stimulate increased implementation of existing techniques, along with research and development of new techniques within the field, and to encourage financial support for these efforts.

 

This application must be submitted for new memberships as well as membership upgrades and membership reinstatements.

 

For more information on membership classifications, see next page of this application. All applicants and members must follow the By-Laws and Code of Ethics. The application materials and fees must reach the membership chairperson by the deadlines below.

 

New members:

To be considered for the membership, the applicant must complete this application and have a sponsor complete the Sponsors Referral Form. This application must be accompanied with a fee of $65.00. The fee consists of a nonrefundable $5.00 application fee and a $60.00 membership fee. Once we receive the application, Sponsor’s Referral, and the fee, you become an active applicant and are entitled to attend the association’s annual meeting at the member’s rate.

 

Membership Upgrades:

To be considered for a membership upgrade, the applicant must complete this application. Fees and sponsor form are not applicable for upgrades.

 

Membership Reinstatements:

To be considered for a reinstatement of membership, the applicant must complete this application. This application must be accompanied with a fee of $65.00. The fee consists of a non-refundable $5.00 application fee and a $60.00 dollar membership fee. In addition, if reinstatement is requested for a lapse in dues, an additional fee of $60.00 is incurred for a total of $125.00. Once we receive the application and the fee(s) you become an active applicant and are entitled to attend the association’s annual meeting at the member’s rate.

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Membership classifications (NEAFS by-laws Article VI):

 

General qualifications: Applicants for membership shall be expected to have previously demonstrated moral and ethical conduct befitting the profession. Any application may be rejected by the Membership Committee with the approval of the Board of Directors for the same reasons as termination of membership. (Article VI, Section 10).

 

Regular Member (also referred to as “Member”)

A Regular Member of the Corporation is one who has met the minimum established qualifications and shall be entitled to receive all publications, to a vote at business meetings, and to hold office at the time of approval. See qualifications for Regular Membership here

Associate Member

Any person who does not meet the requirement for Regular membership may apply as an Associate Member. Such member shall be entitled to all rights and privileges of Members except that they shall be ineligible to vote or hold office.

Student Member

Students who meet the below requirements shall be entitled to the same rights and privileges of a Associate Member. They will not be eligible to vote or hold office. Student members will be permitted to attend the Annual Meeting of the Corporation for a discounted fee to be determined by the Board of Directors. 

The students must:

A. Not have already been a Member or Active Applicant of the Corporation

B. Not be employed in a forensic science laboratory

C. Be enrolled at a college or university in a forensic science or related program

D. Provide proof of enrollment annually at the time dues are collected.

E. Upgrade to an Associate Member after Graduation.

See more details here.

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