Members may attend our annual conference and participate in other activities.
Members get access to a private directory of SCS members. Find peers next door and around the world. Participation is optional.
Members may participate in a private, friendly, well-moderated online forum. Get to know your peers while discussing practical and theoretical questions.
We try to keep members abreast of important publications, events, and other items of interest to those concerned with the relation between science and faith.
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. Only regular members vote at SCS membership meetings.
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. Those in psychology and related fields will be considered if their research has a strong physiological component, such as genetics or neuroscience. Engineers whose research has a strong basic science component can qualify.
Scholar Associates: In addition to those in the membership categories given above, SCS includes some Catholic theologians, philosophers, historians of science and scholars in other fields as Scholar Associates. One becomes a Scholar Associate by invitation of the SCS Board only. Scholar Associates must be practicing Catholics in full communion with the Catholic Church, must be interested in the relation of science to the truths of faith, and must support the goals of SCS. Scholar associates have the right to attend conferences organized by SCS.
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.