During the 2010-2011 academic year, Sigma Xi Members served as online mentors, coaches and Phase One Competition Judges that reviewed and scored proposals for up to five teams each during the months of December and January. In addition to serving as online volunteers, fifteen members joined Sigma Xi Past President Fred Shair as finalist judges at the 2011 Innovation Summit.
For more information about the competition, visit www.conradawards.org
The Conrad Foundation, based in San Francisco, sponsors the competition. Sigma Xi serves as the official science advisor and will award winners a
one-year Sigma Xi Affiliate Circle Membership in recognition of their achievement.
"The Spirit of Innovation Awards bring the Sigma Xi philosophy to a new generation of innovators," said Jerome F. Baker, executive director of Sigma Xi. "With the help of the Conrad Foundation, we have the opportunity to support young scientists and connect them with the people and the resources they will need for success."
Winning teams also participate in the annual Innovation Summit held at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.
About Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi is the international honor society of research scientists and engineers, with more than 500 chapters at colleges and universities, government laboratories and industry research centers. Membership is by invitation, in recognition of research potential or achievement. Over the years, more than 200 Sigma Xi members have received the Nobel Prize. In addition to publishing American Scientist magazine, the non-profit Society awards hundreds of grants annually to student researchers and sponsors a variety of programs that support science and engineering.