We are glad you are interested in joining the Washington Academy of Sciences. We are an affiliated academy comprised of over sixty scientific societies. The Academy’s Journal is peer-reviewed and has no page charges. It is provided free to members.
To join, simply fill out this application form, save a copy and then send it with your resume to us at . The application goes to the membership committee for consideration. If approved for membership, you will receive an email from the VP for Membership Affairs welcoming you to Academy membership. You may pay your dues at that time.
The qualification for regular or student membership is simple. The applicant must show evidence of an interest in science or technology. This may be indicated by university degree (student who majors in a scientific field) or membership in other professional scientific societies.
Fellows are selected by a different and more rigorous process. An applicant must be nominated by two Fellows of the Academy, one of whom must be familiar with the applicant’s work. Successful applicants must be active in research and/or service in a scientific or technical field. To nominate a Fellow, download and complete the Nomination_for_Fellow and send it to or send a printed copy to the Vice President for Membership, Washington Academy of Sciences, 1200 New York Avenue, N.W., Room 455, Washington, DC 20005. On receipt, the membership committee decides whether to pass the application to the Board of Managers for consideration. There are two separate readings of the application by the Board of Managers before final approval.
Our by-laws define our resident members and Fellows as those living within a 50-mile radius of the White House in Washington, DC. Members living beyond this distance are considered non-resident members or Fellows. Here is a map for your convenience:
Annual dues for Members are $60, for Non-Resident Fellows $65 and $70 for Fellows residing in the Washington, D.C. area. Student memberships are $25. Life membership for individual Members or Fellows is available for a one-time payment of ten times the annual dues. We send bills for dues in February; our fiscal year is the calendar year.
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Benefits of membership
The Academy brings together a panoply of local scientific societies, giving our members the opportunity not only of face-to-face interaction with a wide variety of scientists but also affords the opportunity of society-to-society interaction as often as desired. This differentiates the Academy from international umbrella organizations where face-to-face interaction is usually limited to annual meetings.
Members who wish to organize scientific activities, such as conferences and symposia, are encouraged to request sponsorship for the event from the Academy.
Among the additional benefits of membership are:
- Reduced rates for all Academy functions. These include the annual awards banquet and special purpose meetings or lectures.
- The quarterly Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences.
- Invitations to and often reduced rates for the functions of our Affiliates and the Societies and Institutions with which we are affiliated.
- The ability to request and receive free downloads of articles from the Journal archives.
- The ability to place future science-related local events on the Academy website calendar.
- The opportunity to publish a technical book with the Academy as the publisher.