Recruit Members

No one is more qualified to spread the word about the benefits of AOCS membership than you, a dedicated member.

The Refer-a-Friend program is a great way to share the positive impact of AOCS and help expand our professional community. There is strength in numbers! As our membership grows, it represents a more diverse set of specialties, backgrounds and locations which will enrich the entire membership experience.

Take the initiative to help your peers experience the many benefits and connections that you know AOCS offers. Not only will you change the course of their careers, but you will gain visibility as a leader in growing the Society — plus, receive a US $20 gift card for every new member you recruit in 2022, up to US $100 total! You also will be entered for a chance to win a special grand prize every quarter!

Refer a friend. Grow the Society. Get rewarded.

Sharing your AOCS membership experience grows your network, enriches the professional path of your colleagues, increases your opportunities to collaborate, and fosters our collective mission to advance the fats and oils industry. Become a recruiter now to:

  • Earn up to US $100 throughout the year - and be entered for a chance to win a special grand prize every quarter!
    For every member you recruit in 2022, you will get a $20 gift card.
  • Gain global recognition.
    Not only will the new members receive a personal welcome on the AOCS blog, but so will you. Gain exposure as a leader in the community for spreading the word.
  • Give back to the industry.
    If you are unable to receive gifts in your role, you can donate to the Foundation which supports student programs designed to enhance our work in advancing the science and technology of fats, oils, proteins, surfactants and related materials.

Share the AOCS impact year-round

Do your part all year long. Download the AOCS Membership Recruiter’s Toolkit for resources to help with the membership pitch to your colleagues and peers.

Why recruit?

Growing the AOCS community ensures your colleagues have access to unparalleled tools and resources that will empower their work, and increases your opportunities to collaborate with likeminded experts who share a commitment to your interest areas —ultimately enriching the quality of your work as a result.

Hear from other AOCS members on the value of membership:

“Joining AOCS is a great way to stay connected to others in the industry and to access up-to-date information.”
Theresa Susan (Sue) Witeof, Director, Quality & Regulatory, AAK

“Through AOCS, I have met other scientists who have had a great positive impact on my career.”
Magdi M. Mossoba, Research Chemist, FDA

“This is my Society, and this is where I belong. This is where I share my work, meet most of my peers, learn from and help others. My career, my job, where I am today…all of these would not have been possible without AOCS.”
Supratim Ghosh, Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan

Recruitment FAQs

Who qualifies as a new member?

A new member must be an Active (individual) Member or Corporate Member. Student memberships will qualify for the Supporting level.

Why should I want to recruit members?

AOCS facilitates and strengthens interactions among professionals through meetings, specialized interest groups and other networking opportunities. Be recognized for your active support of the profession and the professional development of your peers around the world.

Who is eligible to participate?

All current members are eligible to participate. 

Who should I recruit?

  • Work colleagues and associates who have an interest in your industry
  • Professionals you meet through industry events
  • New professionals just beginning their careers
  • Students studying in your industry

Do I have to be a member for a certain length of time before I can participate?

No. Whether you have been a member for one month or five years, you are able to participate.


Contact Janet Brown at or +1 217-693-4897.