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November 14, 2005

Sigma Xi Increases Astronomy Student Research Grants

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - Astronomy research grants of up to $5,000 are now available for undergraduate and graduate students in North America and abroad through Sigma Xiís Grants-in-Aid of Research program, for which the application deadlines are March 15 and October 15 annually.

This represents a doubling of the maximum amount for individual grants in astronomy provided through special National Academy of Sciences (NAS) research funds that are managed by Sigma Xi.

March 15 and October 15 annually are also the deadlines for Sigma Xi grants of up to $1,000 to support investigation in any other field of science and engineering, including the social sciences. Special NAS funds allow grants of up to $2,500 for eye or vision related research.

Complete grant guidelines, an interactive application form and helpful tips on preparing a successful application available online.

Undergraduate or graduate students in a degree program are eligible. Membership in Sigma Xi is not a requirement for NAS-funded Grants-in-Aid in astronomy or eye or vision research.

Approximately 75 percent of funds for research in other fields are restricted for use by dues-paying student members of Sigma Xi or students whose project advisor is a dues-paying member.

There are no citizenship restrictions. International students and non-U.S. citizens are encouraged to apply. A volunteer Sigma Xi committee judges student grant proposals solely on the basis of their scientific merit.

Sigma Xi is the international honor society of research scientists and engineers, with more than 500 chapters in North America and around the world. A portion of each memberís dues, voluntary contributions and endowment interest fund the bulk of Society grants.

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 more than 80 years.


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