Delta Delta Epsilon (DDE) is an international forensic science honor society that is dedicated to stimulating academic achievement, promoting community understanding, and advancing the fields of forensic science.

Chapter Membership

Colleges and universities which grant baccalaureate or advanced degrees in one or more forensic science disciplines that support the DDE mission may establish chapters with the Society. Chapter applications can be accessed here.

Each chapter will have a seat on the Assembly of Chapters and will be able to vote on any ballot issues as per the Society Constitution.  It is the discretion of the chapter to determine who will sit on the Assembly.

Chapter activities will be reported to the DDE Executive Board at the end of each calendar year – an example of these reports can be viewed in the annual DDE Chapter Review Booklet. 

Student Membership

Membership is limited to students within the disciplines of forensic science which meet high academic criteria and have displayed excellence during their collegiate career.  Membership requirements can be found in the DDE Constitution.  Student applications remain within each university and are not be needed at the national level.  The undergraduate and graduate student application forms can be found here.

Constitution and Chapter By-Laws

Organizational leadership of DDE was assumed by COFSE in 2015 and the Society is governed by a Constitution.    Chapter by-laws may be created and modified by your university as long as they are in concordance with the Society Constitution; see the Alpha Chapter By-Laws as an example. It is the responsibility of each chapter to govern itself within the bounds of the Constitution.  This may include membership numbers (although not membership criteria), collection of dues, election of officers, and day to day operations.

DDE Medallions

In appreciation for the student’s service to the society, each member in good standing may choose to be acknowledged as a member of their local chapter of Delta Delta Epsilon at graduation by wearing the Delta Delta Epsilon medallion which can be personalized to each chapter.  DDE medallions can be purchased through Medal Craft Mint. Information about purchasing can be found here.

Some DDE chapters choose to purchase medallions others provide DDE cords (blue and gold) – this is up to each chapter.

Updates and Initiatives

During the last meeting, the DDE Committee discussed the mission of DDE at our respective universities.  DDE is intended as an academic honor society, however, community service has become an integral component of our programs.  This might be something to consider incorporating into the mission statement.

DDE will be providing four $250.00 student travel grants to students attending the 75th AAFS conference in Orlando, Florida.  Preference will be given to those students active in their DDE chapters and presenting research at AAFS.  Students who are interested should complete a 2023 DDE Student Grant Applicationand return to DDE Chair Caitlin Porterfield via email (cporterfield@uco.edu). The DDE Committee will make selections.  Note: student applications from universities where committee members serve as chapter advisors will not be reviewed by their own chapter advisor – the other committee members will review these applications.  Also, submitted applications will be followed by an email to the chapter advisor to confirm student membership in DDE and student presentations at AAFS.