Benefits of membership: Members of SCS are eligible to attend the annual meeting and to participate in other SCS activities. They also have access to a password protected Member Directory and access to and eligibility to participate in password-protected Discussion Forums. As of October, 2018, the Member Directory has over 700 entries. Being listed on the passsword-protected Member Directory is optional. (Student, postdoc, and assistant professor members are not listed unless they opt-in. Other members are automatically listed unless they opt-out. Members can opt-in or opt-out of being listed in the Directory by clicking on those words at the bottom-left of their "Account Dashboard" once they have joined.)
Applying to join and approval of new members: To apply, use button at bottum of this page or go to JOIN. New members must be approved by a vote of the Membership Committee (acting for the entire SCS voting membership) and by the Board. Applications received in one month will be voted upon before the end of the following month. Applicants who are accepted will receive an automatic e-mail notifying them of this and explaining how to obtain a password and login to the site and how to pay dues. Dues are $20/year, or $80 for five years, or $400 for lifetime membership.
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. In addition to various categories of members of SCS, there are "Scholar Associates of SCS", who are Catholic theologians, philosophers, historians of science and scholars in other fields who are practicing Catholics in full communion with the Catholic Church and are interested in the relation of science to the truths of faith and support the goals of SCS. They become Scholar Associates of SCS by invitation of the SCS Board. Scholar associates have the right to attend conferences organized by SCS.
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 research has a strong basic science component. Engineers whose research has a strong basic science component can qualify.