Nominee Criteria include:• Demonstrating an outstanding commitment to a specific criminal case or cases byperforming acts outside the normal scope of duties with respect to forensic science• Developing or refining a new or innovative evidence collection technique or analysisprocess that represents a significant change to the way forensic practitioners will workin the future• Producing new and significant research that advances the body of knowledge within theforensic sciences• Making a unique and significant contribution to the forensic sciences through training,education or publication.
Required Information1. Brief summary (not more than three typewritten, double-spaced pages) of the distinguishedservice for which the nominee(s) should be recognized, including, but not limited to:• Specific example(s) of service that meets one of the previously listed Nominee Criteriathat is descriptive of the achievement/work, key features and theoutcome/effectiveness• Commendations and other awards received• Other notable career achievements by the nominee2. Completed nomination form. 3. Picture of the nominee, preferably in uniform (if applicable). (Should the nominee beselected, this photo may be used in all print or web materials including, but not limited to,website recognition of the award, social media, newsletters and/or event programs.)
Optional Information• Articles featuring the nominee or their work (Limit to 4)• Letters of support from supervisors, co-workers, peers, and others with personalknowledge of the specific Nominee Criteria justifying the nomination. (Limit to 4)
Review and Selection ProcessNominations are reviewed by a selection committee of the Texas Division of the InternationalAssociation for Identification board. The review process may include discussion orcorrespondence with the nominee, as well as the nominee's agency, including, but not limitedto, the nominee's chief executive, top administrative officer, co-workers, peers, as well asprivate citizens with knowledge of the nominee’s work. Prior to any decision becoming final orpublicly announced, the selected recipient(s) must provide written authorization for the awardto be given and the notification process to proceed.Once approved, a letter announcing the decision is to be sent to the recipient(s), to the personwho submitted the nomination, and to the top administrative officer of the agency involved.
Award PresentationThe Texas Forensic Science Academy Professional Excellence Award presentation shall takeplace during the Annual Texas Division of the IAI Education Conference, at a time deemed mostappropriate by the TDIAI Board of Directors. The award shall be formally presented to therecipient(s) by a representative from both the TDIAI and TEEX-TFSA.After the presentation of the award, the recipient(s) may be featured on the TDIAI and TEEXwebsites, newsletters and/or event programs, and on appropriate social media sites managedby the organizations.