Membership Benefits

Membership in The American Physiological Society provides scientists with the opportunity to interact with colleagues in the U.S. and abroad,  in both specific  and diverse fields associated with integrative biology. Members can participate in a variety of career-building activities including:

  • participating in and organizing scientific meetings
  • public affairs outreach
  • involvement in educational programs
  • applying for award exclusively available to APS members
  • serving on committees and interest-group-based sections

APS members also receive special perks just for being members, such as:

  • access to the entire APS journal portfolio
  • free color figures when publishing in APS journals
  • the ability to apply for awards exclusively available to APS members
  • access to the APS Connect Community, a private, members-only online community that allows direct networking with other APS members
  • the APS News Update: a bi-monthly members-only newsletter with breaking news from APS and the world of physiology

Learn More About What We Offer Our Members

Meetings and Conferences

The American Physiological Society sponsors a number of scientific meetings each year. Experimental Biology, the APS annual meeting, is conducted jointly with other FASEB society members and focuses on the latest advances in research science. It includes award lectureships, symposia, exhibitions, and oral and poster presentations. In addition to this annual meeting, small specialized APS Conferences are held throughout the year. These conferences focus on designated areas of physiological research and are funded by the Society.


APS members receive free online access to the entire collection of APS journals, including their legacy content dating back to 1898. Learn more about our full journal portfolio.

Regular members receive free color figures in articles published in APS peer-reviews journals..

Science Policy

The APS is actively involved with federal legislation and regulations that affect physiological research. Through its advocacy effort, the APS plays a significant role in shaping federal policy on NIH funding and the use of animals in research. Members have the opportunity to:

  • Testify before Congress on appropriations and policy issues of interest to Society members.
  • Receive updates on activities at all levels of government in The Physiologist, the bi-monthly Science Policy newsletter and the APS News Update

The APS conducts a variety of educational activities at all academic levels. By continually developing new programs and strengthening those programs already in existence, the Society works on building networks among research scientists and teachers and encouraging the development of young scientists. The APS refresher courses and teaching awards promote continued excellence in education.


The APS offers a variety of awards and fellowships to members of different ages in recognition of excellence and special accomplishments in science.

Committees/Sections and Groups

The APS committees offer many opportunities for members to be involved in Society activities. The APS sections and groups provide members with up-to-date information in their specialty. These sections and groups advise the Society on matters of interest to the specialty and assist the Society through representation on the Committee on Committees, to identify qualified members to serve on committees, and on the Program Advisory Committee, to organize the annual meeting and APS Conferences.

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