Active and Emeritus members are encouraged to nominate individuals.
The primary nominator is required to collect the seconding letter(s) and submit a member nomination with all supporting documents included.
A structured letter should be submitted by the AOS Member addressed to the Executive Vice President, with a seconding letter by another Active or Emeritus Member by the April 30th deadline each year.
If the primary nomination is from a mentor, or from someone from past or present in the candidate's department, two (2) seconding letters are required.
The Council reviews the nomination letters and candidates at the Executive Session in May and the membership votes on whether to invite the individual to submit a formal membership application.
The candidate is provided access to the online application form, to be completed by July 1st.
The Committee on Membership reviews the application form and supporting letters and presents acceptable candidates at the Fall Council Meeting.
Acceptable candidates are then formally invited immediately after the Fall Council Meeting to submit a thesis within three (3) years.
A submitted thesis is reviewed by the Committee on Theses as expeditiously as possible with a recommendation of acceptance, rejection, or revision. A thesis may be returned for revision only two times.
The Committee on Theses presents a report to the Council at its May meeting and the candidates are notified of the thesis status immediately following that meeting.