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SLAS Fellows: Honor and Thanks to Elite Group of Society Contributors

The Society recently invited a select group of members from around the world to become the first class of SLAS Fellow Members. This distinguished new membership category is an earned honor that celebrates all those who have made important leadership contributions to our Society since it was founded in 2010. Together, we will celebrate the inaugural class of SLAS Fellow Members when they are introduced at SLAS2017 in Washington, DC, this coming February.

As noted in the 2015 SLAS Annual Report, “SLAS members are some of today's most accomplished scholars, scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs. They're creative problem solvers, collaborators and over-achievers. They celebrate their diversity and find a provocative home base in SLAS.” Many of these incredible individuals have been actively engaged in SLAS for many years, energetically and generously devoting time to share their scientific knowledge and expertise, offer management and career insights, build constructive alliances and carve productive pathways into the future to benefit everyone in the community.

In 2015, the SLAS Board of Directors unanimously agreed that these elite contributors need to be honored with special thanks, recognition and elevated status as SLAS Fellow Members.

SLAS Fellow invitations will be issued annually to members that meet these impressive prerequisites. Those who accept the invitation to become an SLAS Fellow and continue their membership in good standing by way of annual dues will be recognized at and encouraged to identify themselves as SLAS Fellows with peers and other SLAS members. They will be included in VIP leadership initiatives and events, receive subscriptions to both SLAS scientific journals (SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology) and enjoy all other benefits of Premier Plus membership.

Eligibility is limited to life sciences discovery and technology professionals who have at least five years of work experience beyond completion of their academic degrees and have maintained dues-paid memberships in SLAS for the past three years or longer. Eligibility also is based on a point system that acknowledges active engagement in terms of membership, volunteer service and content contributions. Candidates must earn at least five points, with at least one point being earned in each category.

Content Category

  • Present technical education in an official SLAS forum (e.g. conference, webinar, short course). 1 point per presentation
  • Publish papers as the corresponding author in SLAS scientific journals. 2 points per published paper


Service Category

  • Serve as guest editor for a special issue of an SLAS journal. 2 points
  • Serve as a volunteer leader (e.g. SLAS Board of Directors, regional councils, editorial boards, advisory committees). 2 points per role

Designation as an SLAS Fellow deserves pride and commands respect, but I think the true value of active engagement in SLAS reaches far beyond this honor. When you share your scientific achievements through SLAS journal papers, webinars or conference presentations, you benefit from rigorous peer review and audience feedback. This fresh and informed perspective can reveal information gaps and introduce new angles and opportunities to help you improve and advance your work. Likewise, investing time and thought into volunteer leadership positions often opens doors that can elevate your professional profile, introduce you to new dimensions of career opportunities and perhaps even launch you into an entirely new orbit. On top of all this, active engagement in SLAS can yield truly meaningful lifelong friendships.

I am sure that the pride of this first class of SLAS Fellows is far exceeded by their gratitude for the knowledge and experience they have gained through their participation in SLAS. Ours truly is a unique, innovative, collaborative, friendly and welcoming community. It is my pleasure and privilege to be a part of it.

Listen to what other members have to say about how they’ve benefited from their active participation in SLAS.


Editor’s Footnote:  Learn more about SLAS President Richard Eglen by visiting the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine.

September 26, 2016