Membership in AURA is by invitation of the AURA President. Today, there are 42 U.S. Member Institutions and 5 International Affiliate Members, which comprise the Member Institutions of AURA. The President of each Member Institution designates a Member Representative who has a voice in AURA matters. Together, the Member Representatives act upon membership applications.
Adopted by the AURA Board of Directors on April 8, 1992
1. The applicant institution should demonstrate that it has been
successful in promoting astronomy in its own institution
as evidenced by the quality, scope, and effectiveness of
its astronomy program with these guidelines:
a. All Applicants
i. A staff of five or more faculty or equivalent; and
ii. A research program that, on assessment of its quality and effectiveness, would place the
applicant among the ranking of current AURA members.
i. A graduate program leading to a doctorate in astronomy, astrophysics, or related studies; and
ii. An average of one or more doctorates awarded per year over a five-year period.
c. Other Nonprofit Institutions
i. Significant contributions to astronomical research through the operation of facilities or sites or
through other means; and
ii. Programs to promote astronomy, for example, through public or private education.
2. The applicant institution should have demonstrated an involvement in AURA's role and mission in astronomy through:
a. Publications by faculty or staff, and, if applicable, by students based upon data gathered at AURA
b. Service by faculty or staff on AURA's Board of Directors as Directors-at-Large or on AURA Centers'
advisory or review committees, such as visiting, users, telescope time allocation, etc.