Membership Information

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About DPS Membership

Membership in the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) totals approximately 1415 planetary scientists and astronomers, including 20% of our members residing outside the U.S. (statistics as of October 2010).

You may either join the DPS as an American Astronomical Society (AAS) member or as an affiliate member through membership in a professional society recognized by the DPS.

By doing so, you will begin to immediately enjoy membership benefits such as:

  • networking and information-sharing forums
  • reduced DPS meeting registration rates
  • listing in the AAS online and printed directories
  • service opportunities
  • advancement of common interests through collaborative actions and the recognition of special achievements and contributions

DPS members are also eligible to subscribe to printed and/or electronic editions of Icarus at a substantial savings. Refer to DPS Publications for further details.

We encourage you to act now to support our activities and take advantage of membership benefits and opportunities today!

Updating Existing Member Data

To update your membership data, either visit the AAS Members-Only Site and use the Change of Address Form, or email changes to address@aas.org

Membership Renewals

Initial renewal announcements for the upcoming membership year are emailed during September. To renew, visit the AAS Members-Only Site.

If your membership lapses and your renewal is processed after 31 August, a total of two years' dues is required to cover the current and upcoming membership years. This practice encourages continuity and deters late reinstatements to qualify for reduced DPS meeting registration rates.

Joining the DPS: AAS Members

Membership in the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) is open to all active members of the American Astronomical Society (AAS).

If you are an active AAS member, the DPS dues for Full and Associate members are $25; Junior members, $10; and Emeritus members, $0.

To join and pay by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express), simply fax your request and the following card data: card number; name of card holder as it appears on card; expiration date; authorized charge amount. Please direct your transmittal to the attention of AAS Membership Services at (202) 328-2010 (x109), remembering to include a daytime telephone number for contact purposes.

To join and pay by check or money order, you may mail your request and payment drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. currency to: AAS; 2000 Florida Ave., NW, Suite 300; Washington, DC 20009-1231. Checks or money orders should be payable to the American Astronomical Society.

You should allow a minimum of 5 business days for your request and payment to be processed and your DPS membership established.

If you wish to join the DPS and the AAS at the same time, download the AAS Membership Form; provide all required information; secure endorsements from two active AAS Full members (section 2); indicate your intent to join the DPS (section 8); and return your completed form and payment to the AAS. Please note AAS Associate, AAS Junior and affiliate DPS members are not eligible nominators for AAS membership.

You should allow a minimum of 5 business days for your request and payment to be processed and your AAS and DPS memberships established.

Further information regarding the AAS and AAS membership benefits is available at AAS and AAS Membership respectively. Questions regarding joining the DPS as an AAS member should be directed to:

Membership Department
American Astronomical Society
2000 Florida Ave., NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20009-1231
phone: 202-328-2010
fax: 202-588-1351
e-mail: membership@aas.org

Joining the DPS: Non-AAS Members

Individuals who are not members of the American Astronomical Society are eligible to join the DPS as an affiliate member if they belong to one of the following professional societies recognized by the DPS:

If you are an active member of one of the above societies, complete the application for affiliate membership (see below), including the endorsement of two active members of the DPS (they may be Affiliate members, but not AAS Junior or Associate members).

If you are not an active member of one of the above societies, you may nevertheless apply for affiliate DPS membership by requesting the DPS Committee to consider membership in a non-recognized society instead (see instruction 3 below). Please note, however, such waivers are usually reserved for applicants residing outside North America.

Affiliate DPS Member Dues

DPS dues are not prorated.

Dues for applications processed by the AAS prior to 31 August is $30 and covers membership for the current membership year.

Dues for applications processed by the AAS after 31 August is $60 and covers the current and upcoming membership years. This practice eliminates the need for issuing October renewal notices to members joining late in the year.

Instructions for Affiliate Application Form

Affiliate DPS Membership Application (PDF)

  1. Open and print the above application for completion.
  2. Complete sections 1-6, ensuring information provided is clearly legible.
  3. Enter your Society Affiliation (section 2). If you are not an active member of a related professional organization, enter notation "No Active Affiliation" in lieu of a Society name.
  4. Secure two endorsements from active AAS Full members of the DPS or affiliate DPS members. AAS Associate or AAS Junior members of the DPS are not eligible nominators for affiliate DPS membership.
  5. Remit the appropriate dues amount (section 5) as outlined below.
  6. Sign and date your application (section 6).
  7. Submit your application and payment to the American Astronomical Society as outlined below.

Affiliate DPS Application Submission Procedure

To join and pay by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express), fax your completed application with two endorsements by DPS members to the attention of AAS Membership Services at (202) 328-2010 (x109). Please ensure all required credit card information is legibly entered (section 5).

To join and pay by check or money order, mail your completed application with two endorsements by DPS members and attached payment drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. currency to: AAS; 2000 Florida Ave., NW, Suite 300; Washington, DC 20009-1231. Checks or money orders should be payable to the American Astronomical Society.

You should allow a minimum of 5 business days for your application and payment to be processed and your affiliate DPS membership established.

Questions regarding joining the DPS as an affiliate member should be directed to:

Membership Department
American Astronomical Society
2000 Florida Ave., NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20009-1231
phone: (202) 328-2010
fax: (202) 588-1351
e-mail: membership@aas.org