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When I look back over the past 20+ years in my career, I find I have a lot to be thankful for: a job that I enjoy, co-workers I like, and, a good organization to work for in the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  It was not my intention to be a forensic scientist (never gave it a thought) as I worked on my bachelor’s degree, it just turned out that way.

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Mass Spectrometry Conference - January 22-25, 2015 - 28-Aug-2014

What: Forensic and Security Applications of Mass Spectrometry

Organized by: American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS)

Where: Hilton Clearwater Beach, Clearwater Beach, FL

When: Jan 22-25, 2015



The 2015 Sanibel Conference on Security and Forensic Applications of Mass Spectrometry will bring together leading researchers from around the world to discuss the latest developments in mass spectrometry and its application to national security and forensic science. The meeting will include presentations in the following areas:

 • Instrumentation and Ambient Ionization • Fire Debris and Explosives • Questioned Documents • Nuclear and Elemental Attribution and Profiling • Controlled Substances • Forensic Genetics


A small number of submitted abstracts will be promoted to oral presentations. ASMS encourages graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to attend through the provision of 20 travel awards ($750 each) for students presenting posters.


In addition, NSF will fund 20 undergraduate students to attend the conference through travel awards in the amount of $925 ($175 registration fee plus $750 towards travel costs). Undergraduate students do not need to present to be eligible to receive a travel award. This conference has been approved for two continuing education units (CEUs) though West Virginia University.




MAFS Professional Development Fund - 10-Jun-2014

MAFS Professional Development Fund


The MAFS Professional Development Fund is intended to provide financial assistance to members attending the fall meeting of the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists. To be a recipient of this funding, you must present a paper at the fall meeting. Don’t miss this opportunity to receive financial assistance to attend the 2014 meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota! There are several awards available with funding up to $500!



To apply for a Professional Development Fund award, complete the application form which follows and attach an abstract of your paper.



The abstract should include the following information:

1. Objective of the presentation

2. Relevance to the scientific community

3. Methodology

4. Results

5. Conclusion

The application form is also available here




The completed application must be submitted to the Awards Committee chair by


August 15, 2014.


Kimberly Zebrowski

MAFS Awards Committee Chair

Michigan State Police Crime Lab

42800 Merrill Rd.

Sterling Heights, MI 48314

Voice: (586) 726-6709

Fax: (586) 726-6661



*** Recipients will be notified on August 22, so that they have time to make travel arrangements and submit the "Call for Papers" Form.





MAFS Collegiate Student Development Fund - 10-Jun-2014

The Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS) has a fund to encourage collegiate research that will benefit the field of forensic science. This is an opportunity for a college student to present his/her forensic science research project at a professional meeting in the presence of practicing forensic scientists and other forensic science students. MAFS hopes to encourage student member participation while giving MAFS members an opportunity to learn about research currently being done at the collegiate level.



 Eligibility Requirements:  


1. Participants must be MAFS student affiliate members at the time of application submission.


2. Participants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university.


3. Participants must be junior/senior year undergraduates, graduate or doctorate students.


4. Research projects must be related to the forensic science field and should primarily involve development and/or improvement of evidence examination and/or comparison techniques.


5. Participants must submit a completed application form with abstract by July 1st


6. A paper presentation of at least 15 minutes will be required at the fall meeting.



One project will be selected to receive an award to fund attendance at the Fall MAFS meeting in Milwaukee. Funding will include 2 nights lodging, 3 days per diem and registration to the MAFS Fall meeting. Applications must be submitted no later than July 1st and the student receiving the award will be announced no later than August 1st. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the MAFS Awards Committee Chair. Look for details in the next MAFS Newsletters!




In the event that submitted projects do not meet the required award criteria, the Awards Committee and the Board of Directors reserve the right not to offer an award.



In the event that submitted projects do not meet the required award criteria, the Awards Committee and the Board of Directors reserve the right not to offer an award.


Click here to access the registration form:

MAFS Collegiate Student Development Fund Application Form


Click to view the Announcement:

MAFS Collegiate Student Development Announcement





MAFS Visiting Scientist Program - 14-Mar-2013

A new MAFS Visiting Scientist Program page has been created to make applying for a visiting scientist easier than ever.





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MAFS 2015 Fall Meeting - 14-Oct-2014

The MAFS 2015 Fall Meeting  will be held September 20 - 25th, 2015 in Mackinac Island, Michigan.   


Mackinac Island is located in the straits of Mackinac between Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas and accessible by Ferry . The island is home to a revolutionary war fort, along with many shops, restaurants and taverns, with miles of trails for biking and horseback riding.   


Mark Goff Local Arraignments Chair


Anne Gierlowski Program Chair



Check the Fall Meeting page for more details and information!      



MAFS 2016 Fall Meeting - 15-Oct-2014

The 2016 MAFS Fall Meeting will be held in Branson, MO. More information to follow soon.




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