Becoming a Member

Membership Eligibility

Any member may propose for the consideration of the Council the name of an eminent senior scientist who is not an American national or resident, and who is deemed to be worthy for award of honorary membership. Upon the favorable recommendation of the Council, the election of any such person shall be carried out by mail ballot circulated in advance of the annual meeting. Election shall require an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the valid ballots returned by members. Honorary members shall pay no membership fees or other assessments and shall have all of the rights and privileges of full dues-paying members, except that honorary members shall have no vote and shall not be eligible to hold any office, elective or otherwise.

Application for Membership

Applications for membership should be made online by clicking the "Join ASV" button, above. This application form should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae or NIH biosketch (for Full membership), or a letter or form documenting the individual’s position as postdoctoral associate, research staff, or student. Membership in the Society is not effective until payment of the annual dues is received.


The Council may reinstate a former member upon such terms and conditions as it may deem appropriate. Reinstatement (without having to reapply for membership) is allowed only if the member is delinquent in the payment of dues for no more than 3 years (2 past years plus the current year) AND the member provides payment of the delinquent and current years dues. Members delinquent is the payment of dues for more than 2 years plus the current year must reapply for membership and submit the required documentation.


Any member may resign upon written notification to the Council, at, whereupon such resignation shall be considered effective immediately.

Expulsion or Suspension

The Council shall have the power, by a two-thirds vote of the entire Council, to suspend or expel any member for conduct prejudicial to the interest of the Society, provided that any such member shall have received at least thirty days' notice of the time and place of a hearing by the Council upon any charges of such conduct, together with a copy of the charges against such member, at which hearing such member shall have an appropriate opportunity to be heard; provided also Article VII, Section 3, of the By-Laws shall govern any expulsion of a member for non-payment of dues.