New members must be nominated by majority vote of the Board and confirmed by majority vote of the regular members present at a Membership Meeting.
Categories of membership
There are three categories of members: “regular members”, “affiliate members”, and “student and postdoctoral members”. All members in these three categories must be practicing Catholics and support the purposes of SCS. Only regular members shall vote at membership meetings.
Regular members must have earned a Ph.D. or the equivalent in a natural science*, and have one or more of the following: (a) a currently active research program at a college, university, or recognized research facility such as a government or industry laboratory, (b) a faculty teaching position in a science department at a college or university, (c) a distinguished record of service to science at the national or international level. Individuals who have retired from the field after a distinguished career in research, teaching, and/or service may also be considered for regular membership.
Affiliate members must have obtained a Ph.D. or the equivalent in a natural science*, but need not be engaged in basic research or have a faculty appointment in science at the college level.
Student and postdoctoral members must be one of the following: (a) undergraduates majoring in a natural science*, (b) graduate students pursuing an advanced degree in a natural science, or (c) postdoctoral researchers in a natural science.
*In the above qualifications for membership, “natural science” includes physics, chemistry, earth and atmospheric sciences, astronomy, biology, biomedical research, computational science, mathematics, computer science, and closely related fields. Those who pursue basic research in these fields may be considered for membership even if their doctorate is in another field. Biomedical researchers holding an MD without a PhD will be considered for membership if their work is primarily research rather than clinical. Engineers whose research has a strong basic science component can qualify.