AOS 2024 Nominations and Applications Open

AOS Council, Special Membership Classes, and Awards


Nominations are now open for the American Ornithological Society’s (AOS) 2024 Council, Classes of Fellows and Elective Members, and various Society awards. You can help make the AOS stronger by participating in these important annual elections for leadership roles within our Society and by recognizing the achievements of our members. Through our election and awards programs, AOS members select leadership for the Society and celebrate the notable achievements of ornithologists who are engaged in critical and innovative avian research and conservation science, research publication, and service to the Society. Additionally, the AOS sponsors memberships for students who have not previously been members of the Society. We rely on YOU, our members, to nominate your colleagues, mentees, and mentors for these leadership positions, prestigious awards, and Society membership.

Please note: Before submitting your nomination or application online, you will first need to ensure your membership is active in the AOS Member Portal.

2024 AOS Council

All AOS members are invited to submit nominations for open positions on the AOS Council, the Society’s governing body. This year the Society will elect a new President-elect and four new Elective Councilors. In addition, the AOS annually elects a Secretary and Treasurer, and our current Secretary (Sushma Reddy) and Treasurer (Matt Carling) are willing to stand for election to those roles for another year. Nominations require the consent of the nominee and can be submitted via our Member Portal. Full details, including instructions for submitting nominations, are on the AOS website. Elections will be held in the spring of 2024. 

Nomination Deadline: 15 December 2023

Fellows & Elective Members | Class of 2024

We invite nominations for consideration for AOS’s Special Membership Classes of Elective Member and Fellow, which recognize members for their exceptional contributions to ornithology and/or to the AOS. Current Elective Members and Fellows may submit full nominations through the Member Portal. Any AOS member may suggest names for consideration as either Fellow or Elective Member nominees by completing the questionnaire included in the AOS Fellow & Elective Members nomination form in the AOS Member Portal. Suggested nominees will be considered and potentially nominated by the Nomination of Fellows and Elective Members Committee. Full details, including instructions for submitting nominations, are on the AOS website. 

Nomination Deadline: 15 December 2023

Society Awards

Details and eligibility criteria for our 2024 awards are presented on our website for the Senior Professional Awards, Early Professional Awards, Conservation Awards, Service Awards, and Publication Awards. Award winners are announced annually in the spring and will be presented at AOS’s 2024 Annual Meeting, which will be hosted in Estes Park, Colorado, in the fall. The Wesley Lanyon Publication Award will be conferred at the 2025 annual Society meeting. 

Nomination Deadlines:

  • Abstract submissions for the 2025 Wesley Lanyon Award are due by 30 October 2023.
  • Nominations for AOS Achievement and Service awards are due by 15 December 2023.

AOS-sponsored Student Membership Awards

AOS-sponsored Student Memberships: Do you know a student who is interested in joining the AOS? AOS awards free, one-year student memberships to students from anywhere in the world who are interested in pursuing a career in ornithology and are new to the Society. Qualified applicants for Student Membership Awards will receive the full benefits of AOS membership through December 2024. 

Applications are due by 31 December 2023.

Links to AOS Nomination Forms

*Full nominations for Early Professional Awards are due by 15 December. However, 2nd-party nominations (nominations of someone other than yourself) that are submitted through the Early Professional Awards nomination “Quick Form,” available through the links listed above, are due by November 15 to allow the Nomination Committee enough time to reach out to the nominee and for that person to submit their completed information ahead of the 15 December deadline for all full nominations.

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