Benefits of a NEAFS Membership


  • Low annual dues ($50)

  • Affordable annual meetings ($130 early registration fee)

  • Full member meeting lottery: At the annual meeting, a member is selected at random to win FREE registration AND hotel costs for the following year’s meeting!                             

  • Free/Reduced cost workshops: NEAFS offers several workshops throughout the year that are often free to members or at a lower cost.                                                          

  • Training Reimbursement: Members are eligible to receive funding towards training, workshop or non-NEAFS meeting registration and travel expenses.

  • Certification Reimbursement: Members who pass the ABC or IAI certification exam will be reimbursed for the sitting fee.

  • FREE annual meeting registration for any member or active applicant who presents a technical talk or poster!

  • The George W. Chin Memorial Scholarship is given out to a NEAFS member or active applicant yearly.

​Educational Opportunities

  • Annual Meeting

  • NEAFS-sponsored workshops

  • Networking

​Leadership/Service Opportunities

  • Board of Director’s positions

  • Committee positions and members

  • Annual meeting session chairs

  • Visiting Scientist Program: Any private or public forensic science laboratory in the NEAFS geographical area needing technical, scientific, or training assistance may apply to the NEAFS Visiting Scientist Program. Upon request, NEAFS will make a good faith effort to find a qualified individual(s) to come to the laboratory and provide the assistance.  The person(s) selected will be agreed upon between NEAFS and the laboratory.  NEAFS will subsidize the visit which can be up to 5 working days in duration.  Travel logistics will be arranged by the laboratory in conjunction with both the visiting scientist and NEAFS.

​Meritorious Service Award

  • This award is given to a NEAFS member that has a history of providing commendable service to the forensic science community by serving justice through casework, performing research for the advancement of forensic science, providing training and/or educating forensic scientists and future forensic scientists, and their overall contributions to the NEAFS organization.

Fun and Entertainment

  • President’s Reception – dinner and dancing at annual meetings

  • Murder Mystery Banquet (2015); Trivia night (2016); 80’s night (2017); Roaring 20's (2019)

  • Lifelong friends and invaluable networking