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APS Matching Memberships Aid Physicists in Developing Countries

In many parts of Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America access to information about physics and physicists is severely limited due to local economic conditions. Scientific meetings are far away and costly to attend, local university libraries are not well-stocked and telecommunication infrastructures are not widespread. A membership in the APS can help to bridge these gaps but, for most in this situation, a membership is simply beyond their means.

For example, at the current membership rate of $90 a year, a physicist at a university in Ukraine might have to pay a full month's salary - if he or she was actually paid during that month. Since 1983, the APS has offered an opportunity for these colleagues to participate in Society affairs and learn about other working physicists from around the world through the APS Matching Membership Program. Currently, over 250 physicists in 28 countries from Argentina to Uzbekistan participate in the Program.

Applications for Matching Membership are accepted at any time from physicists in eligible countries. Enrollment in the Program is based on a graduated dues structure or via the good will of an individual or institutional sponsor. Full APS membership benefits are included with some restrictions and membership in the Program is limited to six years to allow as many as possible to participate. In some cases, Matching Members continue their association with the APS and become full members when economic circumstances improve. Detailed information and applications are available from the Membership office.

The APS supports the matching membership program through member contributions to the APS Matching Membership Fund. Additional contributions to the Fund are needed and may be made by desigating it on the dues renewal invoice or by sending a check to The American Physical Society, One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740-3844 USA, Attn.: Accounting Department - Matching Membership Fund.

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Editor: Barrett H. Ripin