The society grants this honor to a current APS member in recognition of distinguished contributions to plant pathology or to The American Phytopathological Society. Anyone who has been a member of the society for at least three years immediately before nomination, except for retired persons who were members for the last three years before retirement, is eligible.
Fellow recognition is based on significant contributions in one or more of the following areas: original research, teaching, administration, professional and public service, and/or extension and outreach. It is important to clearly indicate in the nomination statement which of these major categories serve(s) as the basis for the nomination. Recipients of this honor receive a plaque and recognition granted to only a few society members.
Note: Fellows are eligible to be nominated for awards of excellence in an area of accomplishment different from that on which the fellow nomination was based, provided that the new accomplishment has occurred after recognition as a fellow. A period of 5 years should elapse between recognition as a fellow and nomination for an award of excellence. The nominator of a fellow for an award of excellence should specify how the contributions in the current nomination differ from those on which the original fellow nomination was based.