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Scholarships and Awards

The George W. Chin Memorial Scholarship

NEAFS and the Chin Family

On September 22, 2016, NEAFS lost one of the pioneers of the Association. George had a passion for forensic science and as a self-appointed “God of Trace Evidence”, he liked to share his knowledge and mentor the younger generation. George was one of the co-founders of the Student Forum at NEAFS, where he would teach students about the realities of a job in forensic science. In addition to NEAFS, he was also a life member of the New Jersey Association of Forensic Scientists (NJAFS), a charter member of the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners (ASTEE), and a member of

Photograph of George W. Chin

of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and the New Jersey Homicide Investigators Association (NJHIA). 

A graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice – City University of New York (CUNY), his professional career spanned 36 years with the New Jersey State Police. When George first started in March of 1980, he was briefly assigned to the Equine Laboratory at the Meadowlands, but quickly transitioned to a position at the North Regional Laboratory, where he was able to grow his love for all things Trace Evidence. George loved his work and helped to educate students about our field. He would routinely take his own time to go and lecture to high schools and attend their career fairs. In addition, George has mentored numerous interns over the course of his career, many of whom have him to thank for their current employment!


George’s graciousness was felt by all who came into contact with him and his passing leaves a huge void in the forensic community and in our hearts.


George’s family has graciously set up this Memorial Scholarship fund in his memory and honor.

Eligibility requirements for the George W. Chin Memorial Scholarship: 

•Currently enrolled in a   Forensic Science program.

•Full-time undergraduate students in their junior or senior year.

•Full or part-time graduate students (limited to first two years for PhD students).

•The student must demonstrate excellence in his/her academic program.

Application requirements

  • Two letters of recommendation (each accompanied with the recommendation form) from Professors involved in the Forensic Science curriculum.

  • A letter from the student describing his/her personal aspirations in the Forensics field, achievements and reasons for award consideration. (Minimum of 250 words - maximum of 500 words). This must be provided to the Professors submitting the recommendation letters.

  • Applicants should be attending college/university within the area from which the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists draws its members (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania).

  • Most current academic transcripts.

The award is $2000.00 as well as Associate membership for one year in the NEAFS organization. Membership will be granted to a current member or active applicant as well as a non-member (the application fee will also be included).

Application requirements must be emailed by April 30th.  Out of fairness to all potential candidates, no exceptions will be made.  The award recipients will be notified no later than September 1.

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