Scholarships and Awards

Carol De Forest Student Research Grant

The Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists is looking for candidates for the Carol De Forest Student Research Grant.

The Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists lost a dear friend on October 3rd, 2011 when Carol De Forest, wife of Dr. Peter De Forest, lost her battle with cancer. The sight of Peter and Carol De Forest at a NEAFS meeting was as common as trace evidence on bullets, and of course always welcome. Carol invariably greeted everyone with a huge smile followed by a warm embrace. The sincerity with which she made these greetings was obvious. She always had a kind word for everyone and her compliments were genuine. For many of us, Carol’s role and influence went well beyond the Annual Meeting, as she became affectionately known as “The First Lady of Forensic Science”. To honor her spirit and enthusiasm, a student research grant fund has been established. The Carol De Forest Student Research Grant, to be awarded each year, has been designed to provide full time undergraduate or graduate forensic science students with ­financial assistance to conduct research.

Carol De Forest Forensic Science Research Grants - Award is $2500.  Eligibility is for both full-time undergraduate and graduate students and two research grants will be awarded.

Applicants must complete the application and submit with the required attachments. All submissions must be received and completed by April 30th. The deadline is firm with no extension. Please submit application and all accompanying documents electronically.

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Eligibility requirements for the Carol De Forest

Student Research Grant

• The applicant must be a full-time student completing his or her undergraduate or graduate degree at a regionally accredited institution located in the Northeastern U.S. (New England, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania). 

• The applicant must be majoring in a natural, allied or forensic science.

• The student must have a research advisor who is a faculty member at the student’s academic institution.

Purpose: The Carol De Forest Research Grant provides full time undergraduate or graduate forensic science students with financial assistance to conduct research.

 

Grant Eligibility Requirements:


•The applicant must be a full-time student completing his or her undergraduate or graduate degree at aregionally accredited institution located in the Northeastern U.S. (New England, New Jersey, New York,and Pennsylvania).
•The applicant must be majoring in a natural, allied or forensic science.
•The student must have a research advisor who is a faculty member at the student’s academic institution.


Grant Amount: The maximum award is $2500. Exact funding amounts will be at the discretion of the NEAFS Research Award Committee. Funding cannot be used for administrative expenses, salaries, or permanent equipment. A maximum of 10% of the budget may be used for travel expenses to attend the NEAFS Annual Meeting where the awardee will give a presentation (oral or poster) of the completed research.

 

Evaluation of Grant Proposals: Grant proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:


•Originality of the research project
•Contribution of the research to improving the analysis of forensic evidence and/or understandingforensic science
•Ability of the student to use the scientific method to formulate a hypothesis and generate a conclusion
•Ability of the student to properly collect and analyze data
•Ability of the student to write a research proposal in clear and concise language which explains theresearch problem and proposes a solution
•Potential for success in the research (including past research by the student and/or advisor)
•Preference will be given to NEAFS members

Special Terms and Conditions: If the applicant is selected and accepts the award amount, he/she must comply with the following:

•A progress report will be due six months after the award is given
•A final project report will be due one year after the award is given. The report will include a summaryreport to be published in the NEAFS Newsletter
•Results will be presented at the NEAFS Annual Meeting one year after the award is given
•The grant shall be acknowledged in any publications resulting from the research supported by the grant

 

Application: Applicants must complete the application below and submit with the required attachments. All documents must be submitted electronically. All submissions must be received and completed by April 30th. The deadline is firm with no extension.

Part II – Research Information Required Attachments

 

Attachment A – Provide a concise three (3) to six (6) page research proposal which addresses the following:
 

•Title
•Introduction, background and significance of research proposed
•Appropriate references cited
•Experimental procedure
•Expected results and contribution to forensic science
•Budget for the project including amount requested from NEAFS

 

Attachment B – Provide a concise one (1) to two (2) page statement of qualifications which includes:
 

•Career goals
•Why you believe you should be chosen to receive this grant
•Why you believe you will be successful in your research

 

Attachment C – Curriculum Vitae of no more than two (2) pages
 

Attachment D – Most recent cumulative academic transcripts for your undergraduate and/or graduate degree(s)
 

Attachment E – Curriculum Vitae and Letter of recommendation from the research advisor which includes:
 

•Capacity in which they know the applicant
•How they are involved in the applicant’s research
•Opinion of the potential for applicant’s success

 

Additional Attachments – please include the following where applicable:
 

•If human or animal subjects are being used, must have proof of approval from the educational institution
•If the project involves the collection of identifiable data (e.g. DNA profiles), must have confidentiality agreements and privacy protections
•Any additional certifications, approvals or permits that may be required by your research (e.g. Ballistics research may require a gun permit)