Committees and Task Forces

ASCPT committees and task forces focus on projects and activities that support the Society's strategic plan. ASCPT aims to have a balance of members in each group that reflects the different backgrounds and interests of our members. 

Most committees have a Chair and Vice-Chair responsible for guiding the committee. Members are appointed by the President and serve on a rotating basis, according to their relevant experience. 

Interested in Serving? 
If you would like to serve on a committee or task force, fill out the volunteer form, take the annual Call for Volunteers survey, email members@ascpt.org, or call +1-703-836-6981. 

ASCPT Committees and Task Forces

Purpose: The Career Development Committee identifies opportunities for educational activities beyond the Annual Meeting that benefit ASCPT’s members. 


  • Develop a broad based program to serve members throughout various career stages, during and outside of the Annual Meeting.
  • Enhance the Speed Mentoring Program, both in scope and audience.
Meetings: The nature of the Career Development Committee’s work is such that subcommittees will be formed and will need to meet via conference call or e-mail throughout the year. The Committee as a whole will also need to meet via conference call or e-mail early in the year to determine its work for the term, and as needed throughout the year.


Purpose: ASCPT’s Networks and Communities promote interaction among members who share a common field of interest. In doing so, they facilitate scientific growth within that area. 


  • Annual Meeting Programming
  • Hosting a Network Meeting
  • Establish a Rhythm of Business
  • Discipline Experts for ASCPT
  • Online Presence
Time Commitment: 1-2 hour conference calls per month; Annual Meeting attendance and other commitments as necessary leading up to the Annual Meeting

Other Considerations: The Network leadership (Chair and Vice-Chair) is appointed by the President for a 1-year term; the Vice-Chair acts as the Incoming Chair. The Network leadership comprises a Steering Committee composed minimally of the Community leadership, but may also have additional appointments (e.g., social media/website, initiative leads. etc.) as necessary. The Community Leadership (Chair and Vice-Chair) is appointed by the Network Chairs for a 1-year term; the Vice-Chair will be the Incoming Chair. The President and ASCPT endorse the final appointments. The Community Leadership may also form ad hoc Steering Committees, as needed. 


Purpose: Oversees the finances of the Society 


  • Monitor the financial performance of the Society, reviewing the financial statements generated by ASCPT’s accounting firm
  • Monitor performance of an investment manager
  • Review annual audit
  • Review and recommend adjustments to ASCPT’s membership, registration and product fees, as necessary
Time commitment: 4.5 hours of meetings and conference calls; 10 hours outside of calls 

Typical schedule: One 90 minute face to face meeting at the Annual Meeting 
                            Three one hour conference calls throughout the year (one meeting/call per quarter) 

Other considerations: The Finance Committee consists of the President, President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, one other Board Member, and at least one at-large member. The President shall appoint the other Board Member and the at-large member to the Committee. The committee should be comprised of members from the different segments of the discipline who have an interest in finances, preferably as senior staff in their own organizations that have experience overseeing companies or large units.



  • Develop and implement a plan for soliciting and obtaining nominations for each award;
  • Develop a plan for promoting nominations for the awards program.
Time commitment: 2 hours in meetings; 2-5 hours outside of meetings

Typical schedule: 2 conference calls (May, June), and via email during the year.

Other considerations: Members of this Task Force cannot serve on the Scientific Awards Selections Task Force at the same time.


Purpose: Selects award recipients for the ASCPT Scientific Awards. 

Tasks: Review nominees and select the award recipients. 

Time commitment: 1 1/2 hours in meetings; 3-5 hours outside of meetings. 

Typical schedule: 1 conference call (July) 

Other considerations: Members of this Task Force cannot serve on the Scientific Awards Nominations Task Force at the same time. Award recipients are selected during a conference call, and members must have access to a computer and internet while participating in the call. 

Purpose: Designs the overall program for the Annual Meeting, including the identification of speakers, the development of the session schedule, and the selection of abstracts submitted through the Communities. 


  • Determine the theme and focus of the Annual Meeting
  • Determine the basic schedule for the main conference events, working within the constraints of the facility and ASCPT’s budget
  • Identify, select, solicit, and invite the Featured Speakers, as well as the speakers for the State-of-the Art Lectures, and the Oral Presentations
  • Select symposia and workshops
  • Select and invite the annual Presidential Trainee Award Winners from the pool of trainees who submitted the top-rated abstracts for the conference
  • Review and select the abstracts
  • Coordinate the on-site introduction of the speakers at their sessions
  • Participate, as needed by staff, in conference events on site, review conference evaluations, and offer suggestions for future conferences accordingly
Time commitment: 12 hours in meetings; 10-15 hours outside of meetings. 

Typical schedule: 3 conference calls (spring, summer, October) 
                           1 face-to-face meeting (July) 

Other considerations: Committee members are required to review abstracts and proposals for Symposia, Workshops, and Science at Sunrise. SPC members cannot review abstracts for their section.


Purpose: The Webinar Committee solicits, shares, reviews, and decides on webinar topics and proposals from ASCPT members. 


  • Constantly evaluate best practices for webinars.
  • Coordinate webinar materials.
  • Ensure collaboration across Networks and Communities.
  • Develop a diverse members-only webinar program.


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