Nominations for 2015 membership
Nominations for 2015 membership may be submitted through October 2, 2014 (extended from September 19, 2014).
Proposers and supporters of nominations should review the Membership Nomination Guide carefully. Questions regarding nominations should be sent by e-mail to .
Note to submitters:
The ASCI sends acknowledgment of submissions by e-mail after they have been reviewed and found to be complete. Submitters can check the status of their submissions (nominations and support forms) online by accessing their member accounts
To ensure proper tracking of nominations, all information and documents must be supplied online.
- First, access your member account
- After you have logged in to your account, select the “Nominations” tab, then search the nominee database. Links will appear in search results to guide you in the next steps.
- Your nominee may already be in the ASCI database because the nominee was previously nominated or because a nomination or support form has been started for the nominee for this nomination cycle.
Proposers: Once you have supplied the requested information about your nominee (name, contact information, etc.), you will be able to upload required documents. You will also be able to add Seconder and General Supporter information to the nomination, although supporters will need to supply their comments via their own member accounts.
Seconder and General Supporters: Forms may be drafted and submitted online after selecting the applicable nominee from search results or after adding requested information about the nominee you are supporting. (NOTE: General Supporters who are not ASCI members may complete the nomination support template and e-mail it to for handling. Please indicate clearly your contact information and the name and institution of the nominee you are supporting.)
Age criterion for Active and Foreign Associate nominees. Nominees in these categories must be age 50 or younger as of January 1, 2015.
Exceptions to the age criterion cannot be made. Although the ASCI Council understands that a nominee’s progress may have been delayed because of unavoidable or extreme circumstances, the Council has on multiple occasions discussed exceptions and concluded from each discussion that no policy could be implemented fairly and durably.
Limit on number of nominations. The number of nominations per nominee is limited to 3, with the following exception: In 2013 the age limit for eligibility was increased from age 45 to age 50 or younger. In recognition of this revision, Active and Foreign Associate candidates who reached 3 nominations before or during the 2013 nomination cycle may be nominated one more time (for a maximum of 4 nominations) for this or future cycles if they meet the following age criteria: 2015, age 47 to 50; 2016, age 48 to 50; 2017, age 49 to 50; 2018, age 50.
Ph.D.-only candidates. Active and Foreign Associate nominations are, per the ASCI’s bylaws, restricted to physicians.
M.D.-equivalent candidates are eligible for nomination.
Faculty appointment versus nominee’s country of residence. The distinction between Active and Foreign Associate nominations is made on the basis of residence, not faculty appointment. Active nominees must reside in the U.S. or Canada. Candidates residing elsewhere should be nominated in the Foreign Associate category.
In press or accepted manuscripts can be included in a nominee’s bibliography. However, manuscripts submitted or in review should generally not be listed.
About the process
Membership nominations are received and checked to ensure they are complete. The ASCI works with Proposers, supporters of nominations, and with nominees when necessary to collect all information intended to accompany the nomination. Nominations for the following membership year may be submitted by the deadline specified for the current year.
Following the deadline for receipt, nominations are assigned for review by the Council. Typically two or more Council members review a nomination, which each Councilor scores on an NIH-style 1-5 scale. All scores for a nomination are averaged, and a list of all nominations by average score is then available. This scoring and ranking takes place before the entire Council meets in person to discuss all nominations.
The limit of new members each year is 80, as established in the Society’s bylaws. Beyond this, each Council determines the group that represents the best quality from the pool of nominations. The names of those who make the cutoff are then presented to the ASCI’s Active members (those who are age 50 or younger) for a yes-or-no vote. The vote is for or against the entire list of nominees, not for or against each individual nominee.
The ballot is then sent to the Active membership. After the results are received and audited, the result is official.