Payments, Forms or Donations
Description of CASCA membership categories
I. Continuing Members
a) Ordinary Members
Such members must be professionally engaged in research or teaching in
astronomy or a related science. To be considered "professionally engaged," a person
most hold at least a Master's degree awarded by a recognized university for work
related to astronomy or astrophysics, or else have equivalent experience.
(The CASCA Board retains the discretion to decide on individual membership
qualifications.) Ordinary members can take part in elections at annual or
specially convened CASCA meetings. Postdoctoral Fellows (within 5 years of
receiving a PhD), retired individuals, and Ordinary members engaged in graduate
studies are each eligible to become Ordinary members for reduced membership fees.
See the CASCA Membership Application Form for further details.
b) Student Members
Such members must be enrolled for at least one academic year in a graduate program
in astronomy or astrophysics at a recognized university, and must be continuing
therein. Student members can take part in elections at annual or specially
convened CASCA meetings. Students may join the Society during the first year
of their studies in astronomy and have their membership fees waived until the
Student members who recently defended their dissertations must submit an
application for Ordinary membership of CASCA by the next annual meeting to
avoid becoming expelled.
c) Associate Members
Such members must be professionally engaged in work related to astronomy,
e.g., instrumentation or software engineering,
teaching, or employment as a professional staff member in a museum, planetarium or
science centre. To be professionally engaged, a person must hold at least a
Bachelor's degree awarded by a recognized university for study in a discipline
appropriate to their occupation or have equivalent experience. Associate members
may take part in elections at annual or specially convened CASCA meetings.
d) Honorary Members
Such members, typically distinguished astronomers, are elected to the Society
through resolution by the CASCA Board. At any given time, there are no more
than ten Honorary members, and no more than three Canadian Honorary members.
Honorary members enjoy all the privileges of CASCA membership except they
cannot take part in the elections of Officers and Directors. Honorary members
are exempt from membership dues or other assessments.
e) Corporate Members
Such members are organizations whose activities are related to astronomy.
Their representatives may attend scientific meetings but may only take part
in governance of the Society if they are individually Ordinary members.
II. First-time Members
Members are elected to the Society through resolution by the CASCA Board of
Directors. New Ordinary, Associate and Student members must be nominated to
join the Society by other members in good standing. Nominees for Ordinary
or Associate membership must be nominated by two Ordinary members.
Nominees for Student membership must be nominated by one Ordinary member.
The Board retains the discretion to determine the qualification of nominees
for membership and may waive membership requirements in individual,
special cases. Corporate members are elected only through resolution
by the Board. See the CASCA Membership Application Forms for instructions
III. Resignation and Previous Members
Any member may withdraw from Society membership by giving written notice of
resignation to the Secretary of the Society. Resignation is effective upon
receipt of this notice. If a member no longer wishes to retain membership,
he or she is encouraged to resign to avoid penalties associated not paying
Penalties for Not Paying Dues without Resigning first
Members who have not paid membership dues or assessments for 2 years in a
row may be expelled from the Society. Such members will be not in good
standing with the Society and may not exercise any rights of Society membership.
To rejoin, an expelled member must re-apply for membership and pay a reinstatement
fee as established by the CASCA Board. At present, this fee is equal to one year's
dues at the appropriate membership level at the time of expulsion.
Membership Statistics (March 31 2012)
|Charter Members: || 47|
|Ordinary Members: || 361|
|Associate Members: || 5|
|Student Members: || 138|
|Honorary Members: || 2|
|Corporate Members: || 7|
|Total Membership: || 513|