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Visiting Scientist Program

The purpose of MAFS is to encourage the exchange of ideas and information within the forensic science community. What a better way to do that then to have a visiting scientist come to your laboratory?


The MAFS Visiting Scientist Program is designed to help laboratories that need assistance by providing a forensic scientist from another lab system.


The program has been very successful in helping train scientists all across the Midwest and beyond. The best part is that all expenses are covered by MAFS (travel, lodging and per diem). This helps keep the cost of training down for your laboratory and benefit those who need the training.


Here is some positive feedback from someone who had a visiting scientist come to their laboratory:


"The Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab (MVRCL) was able to utilize the MAFS Visiting Scientist program for our Chemistry section.  We requested training for the derivatization of samples in drug analysis.  The request was filled by Dr. Jim McGill from Southeast Missouri State University.  Dr. McGill came to our laboratory for a day to provide theory and background information, as well as, hands-on implementation and validation processes.

The Chemists enjoyed the instruction of Dr. McGill and found the laboratory practical helpful.   Since the training only included our analysts, everyone felt comfortable asking questions and participating.  The training bolstered their confidence to use derivatization in casework.

The MAFS Visiting Scientist program is an ideal resource for labs in search of specific training.  Make use of your MAFS peers and the information they have to share."


Brooke Ehlers

Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab

Chemistry Section- Technical Leader



Examples of past successful endeavors include:

Basic Fiber Identification - 2016

Derivitization of Drug Samples - 2014

Fourier Transform Infra-Red Spectroscopy of Paint Samples - 2013

Trace: X-Ray Flourescence Spectra Interpretation for Glass Evidence - 2010

Fourier Transform Infra-Red Spectroscopy of Paint Samples - 2008


Details About The Program:

  • At least one employee who will be receiving the training must be a MAFS member.
  • MAFS will select the trainer; however, the agency may provide suggestions for consideration.
  • Training must be completed within 12 months of Board approval of the application.  After 12 months, a new application must be submitted.
  • The Visiting Scientist will receive a credit of $1000 to be used to attend a MAFS Fall Meeting (used within two years of volunteering time).


If you are interested in participating in the MAFS Visiting Scientist Program, or to request a Visiting Scientist, please contact the Training and Education Committee Chair.

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