There have been some changes in membership classifications, benefits and dues for the 2014 membership year.
Regular Annual dues will now be $75.00. The annual Sustaining membership rate will be raised to $150.00. If you are an educator, student, have a limited income or you are on a pension, your dues will be $37.50 per year.
In late 2011 we asked you to fill out a membership demographic survey. Participation in the survey was remarkable, with 615 people responding. An analysis of the results have recently been submitted to the JAAVSO and accepted for publication. A pre-print can be downloaded via the link below.
We are conducting a survey to learn more about the demographics of our members, observers and anyone affiliated with or interested in the AAVSO. Information may be used for purposes such as making strategic plans for the AAVSO, writing grant applications, planning observing campaigns, writing papers about our membership, etc.
Identifiable survey data will never be shared with anyone outside of the AAVSO.
AAVSO member, observer and science educator Dr. Pebble Richwine has had a minor planet named in her honor - 268242 Pebble. Pebble did her PhD in science education at the University of Arizona where her dissertation was on using variable stars in elementary school science education. She's given talks at many AAVSO meetings and is currently a science educator in Georgia.
Thank you for looking to renew your membership in the American Association of Variable Star Observers! Perhaps more than other organizations our members mean a lot to us because they are the ones who give the organization its reason for being. Rather than being an organization that serves its members, the membership of the AAVSO is an active part of the organization by its definition with their support and observations. We're glad you're here!