The Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS) was founded in 1971 as a non-profit organization where scientists from the Midwest could gather and discuss unique cases or research to help further the field and solve problems within the disciplines. Over the years, MAFS has grown to include participants from all over the U.S. and even some from outside the U.S.; however, the original goal of the organization has not changed. Annual fall meetings and spring workshops are held to provide opportunities for scientists to advance their expertise and share their knowledge with others. A visiting scientist program is available to aid laboratories with specific training needs. University students are encouraged to join the organization and present relevant research that may impact the field. MAFS purpose is to encourage the exchange of ideas and information within forensic science as is exemplified through the mission statement “To further the field of forensic science by leading to inspire and inspiring to learn."