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January 28, 2011
Sigma Xi Student Research Grant Application Deadline March 15
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC -- Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research have been providing valuable educational experiences to undergraduate and graduate students for more than 80 years.
March 15 and October 15 are the application deadlines annually for research grants of up to $1,000 to support investigation in any field of science and engineering, including the social sciences. Special funds allow grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy and $2,500 for eye or vision related research. Grant proposals are judged by a volunteer committee of Sigma Xi members solely on the basis of their scientific merit.
Application guidelines, an interactive application form and helpful tips on preparing a successful application are all available online. Also online is a list of grant recipients and research project titles from the past three grant cycles, to give applicants a sense of what kind of projects are funded.
Undergraduate or graduate students in a degree program are eligible. While Sigma Xi membership is not a requirement, the majority of funds (75 percent) are designated for use by individuals whose primary advisors are members or who are Sigma Xi student members themselves.
Applicants are eligible to receive a total of two Grants-in-Aid of Research from Sigma Xi headquarters in their lifetime. There are no citizenship restrictions. International students and non-U.S. citizens are encouraged to apply.
From its beginnings in 1886, Sigma Xi has sought to foster and encourage research among investigators from all scientific disciplines. The Grants-in-Aid of Research program has been a tangible expression of this purpose for several generations of scientists and engineers.
The size of these grants sometimes belies their importance to student researchers. Often, they provide the "seed money" that enables promising researchers to gather the initial data they need to launch their careers and position themselves to compete for larger grants.
As an independent endorsement of research potential, Grants-in-Aid of Research also have a value that goes beyond financial considerations. Sigma Xi is known as the international honor society for scientists and engineers, and receiving a Sigma Xi grant has been an early milestone in many distinguished research careers.
The program is funded by several sources, including voluntary contributions and endowment interest. Since 1984, the National Academy of Sciences has contrated with Sigma Xi to distribute the Academy's funds designated for research.
Within the Grants-in-Aid of Research endowment, there are a number of named funds designated in support of general research or specific fields of investigation.
For more information on establishing a named research fund, contact Sigma Xi's Office of Development at 800-243-6534 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All contributions are tax-deductible in the U.S. and Canada.
About Sigma Xi
Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi is the international honor society for research scientists and engineers, with more than 500 chapters in North America and around the world. Membership is by invitation. 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 hundred of grants annually to student researchers and sponsors a variety of programs that support science and engineering.