The designation of Fellow Member is the second highest honor ASPRS bestows on any individual.
As outlined in the Society's bylaws, a Fellow Member shall be an individual who is an active member of the Society and has performed exceptional service in advancing the science and use of the mapping sciences. Fellow Member status is awarded for professional excellence and for service to the Society.
Nominees must have made outstanding contributions in a recognized Society specialization whether in practice, research, development, administration, or education in the mapping sciences. Nominees must be active members of the Society at the time of their nomination and must have been active members for the last ten consecutive years.
Candidates are nominated by any active member of the Society, except members of the ASPRS Board of Directors, recommended to the Fellows Committee, which is a sub-committee of the Awards Committee, and elected by the ASPRS Board of Directors.
Up to 0.3 percent of the Society’s active members may be elected as Fellows in any one year. Members of the ASPRS Board of Directors are ineligible for election.