Members of WSAS are experts in key disciplinary areas including, but not limited to life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, information sciences, health sciences, social sciences, and natural resource/environmental sciences. All members must be legal U.S. residents, and either be primary residents of Washington State or have primary and permanent employment in Washington State. Membership is offered to those residents of the state who are elected to the National Academies (NAE, NAM, NAS) and to those elected directly to WSAS.
Nominees for membership are reviewed by member committees representing the five disciplinary sections and also by the Membership Committee before being submitted to the Board as candidates for membership. Following Board approval, candidates are presented to the full membership for a vote. Nominations must be led by a current WSAS member in good standing. Learn more about nominating here.
WSAS member expertise contributes to scientific and technical analyses of major issues facing Washington State. Examples include the Puget Sound and other critical ecosystems; impacts of climate change including ocean acidification; sustainable natural resource management of forests, fisheries, wildlife, soils, minerals, and water; transportation; health and wellness; food security and safety; energy; and STEM education at the K-12 level and in higher education.
The five disciplinary sections are outlined below.