Associate Members and Members—Are You Eligible to Promote?

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Source: Cheryl Hunter, AAFS Membership Coordinator

Associate Members and Members who are eligible for a higher membership status are encouraged to submit an application for promotion. Benefits of promoting to a higher membership status include:

  • Members and Fellows are voting members and have an opportunity to have a voice in AAFS Bylaws, policies, decision-making, etc.;
  • Fellows are eligible to serve as Section Officers and on the Board of Directors; and,
  • Members and Fellows have the opportunity to advance to a retired status. Retired Members receive complimentary annual dues. Retired Fellows receive complimentary annual dues and complimentary basic meeting registration.

To review the appropriate set of requirements:

  • Go to the AAFS membership page.
  • Select your current section on the right-hand side of the page.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page to the “Status” section.
  • If your current membership status is Associate Member, click “Member”. If your current membership status is Member, click “Fellow.”
  • Scroll down the page to review the “Section Promotion Requirements”.

If you are not sure if you meet the requirements, please contact Membership Coordinator Cheryl Hunter at If you fulfill your section’s requirements for promotion, you may apply online by logging into your AAFS account portal.

To be considered for promotion at the 2021 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Houston, TX, applications must be completed no later than October 1, 2020. Please feel free to contact Membership Coordinator Cheryl Hunter at if you have questions about the requirements or the application process.