AES Constitution and Bylaws have been revised; comments are strongly encouraged from the membership before September 30th via the comments page.

Bylaws (REVISED)

Article I - Membership

  1. SECTION I - Classes of Membership

    There shall be the following classes of members: a) lifetime members, b) full members, c) student members, d) post-doctoral members, e) emeritus members, f) corporate sponsors, g) corporate members and h) such additional classes of members as may arise from time to time be created by recommendation of the Council and/or the membership.

    1. Lifetime member: One-time initial payment for life membership. Said members shall be entitled to vote and hold office.
    2. Full members shall pay yearly dues. Said members shall be entitled to vote and hold office.
    3. Student members shall consist of young investigators engaged in a program of advanced studies in fields encompassing the stated objectives of the Society. Normally, renewal of student membership will be limited to five consecutive years, after which time such application will be reviewed for active membership as a post-doctoral or full member with full privileges in the society, according to the eligibility requirements specified in Section II of Article I. Student members are entitled to submit papers under the supervision of his/her academic advisor for presentation at meetings of the Society.
    4. Post-doctoral members shall pay yearly dues and be engaged in studies for the advancement of the stated objectives of the Society. Affiliation information should be provided.
    5. Emeritus members shall be members who have retired from active university, government, industrial or other such status and who do not take other active employment. They shall be elected to become emeritus members by the Council. Emeritus members are entitled to a reduced payment of dues. They may hold office and are entitled to vote.
    6. Corporate sponsor. This category includes Corporate Member benefits plus access (via the Executive Director) to the society’s member directory and the opportunity to advertise or include content in the quarterly newsletter, and also the opportunity to present two new developments per year on the AES webpage link called "New Developments from Companies".
    7. Corporate member. Any individual, company, agency or organization interested in accomplishing the purpose of the Society may, upon application and payment of annual dues become a corporate member of the AES: Electrophoresis Society

  2. SECTION II – Eligibility

    Any qualified scientist in good standing possessing the Baccalaureate degree or higher, or its equivalent in training or experience, or a full-time undergraduate student is eligible for membership. Membership applications maybe submitted via the AES: Electrophoresis Society webpage, via fax, or postal mail to the Executive Director.

  3. SECTION III – Resignations, Forfeiture, Expulsion

    Resignation of any member in good standing shall be accepted by the Executive Director or any officer of the Society. Such resignations shall be in writing. Members will receive notification from the Executive Director the month before their membership is due to lapse. The member will be given a 30 day grace period beyond the renewal date after which time the member shall be dropped from the active membership mailing list and shall forfeit membership of the Society. Membership can be reinstated upon payment of current dues. Expulsion form the Society may take place upon a recommendation of the Council and with a majority vote of the membership present at the annual meeting.

Article II - Meetings

  1. SECTION I - Meetings

    There shall be at least one scientific meeting of the Society open to all interested scientists every 12 months. The schedule of times and places for these meetings shall be recommended by the President and approved by the Council.

  2. SECTION II - Business Meetings

    There shall be held, at least every 12 months, a business meeting of the Society, in conjunction with a scientific meeting. At such meetings, voting rights shall be limited to members in good standing.

  3. SECTION III - Special Meetings, Notices

    Special meetings of the Council or members may be called at any time by the President, or by the Secretary, upon written request by a quorum of members in good standing, Notices of any and all scientific, business or special meetings of the Society shall be sent in writing to each member in good standing not less than seven days prior to the designated time of the meeting.

  4. SECTION IV - Quorum

    10 percent of all members in good standing, or 10 members, whichever is smaller, shall constitute a quorum.

  5. SECTION V – Order of Business

    The order of business at all business meetings shall be as follows:

    1. Proof of notice of meeting
    2. Review of minutes of the previous meeting
    3. Report of officers
    4. Report from newsletter editor
    5. Receiving of communications
    6. Unfinished/old business
    7. New business

    The authority on parliamentary procedure at all business meetings shall be "Roberts Rule of Order, Revised". Any questions regarding priority of business shall be decided without debate. The foregoing order of business may be altered by majority vote of the members present in person.

  6. SECTION VI – Council Meetings

    The Council of the Society shall meet at least once annually, to conduct all matters pertaining to the purpose and best interests of the Society. The Council will also hold monthly or bi-monthly meetings by phone and/or internet and may also hold (at the request of the President) additional meetings by mail, phone or in person at any time of the year upon written notice.

Article III – Amendments

  1. Proposed amendments of the Bylaws shall be submitted to all members in good standing for approval or disapproval followed by either; (1) approval of motion to do so by majority vote of the Council or (2) written petition to the council by a minimum of five members in good standing.

    The members will have a 30 day period to object to any changes proposed – if more than 30% object to the proposed changes then the amendment will be voided, otherwise it will be approved.