Mission Statement and a Brief History
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, was founded in 1886 as an honor society for science and engineering. Today, it is an international research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement. It also endeavors to encourage support of original work in science and technology and promote an appreciation within society at large for the role research has played in human progress. 'Sigma' and 'Xi' are a Greek acronym for Spoudon Xynones, meaning, "Companions in Zealous Research." This sums up the mission of the organization fairly well! For more about the mission and background of the national organization, you may click on 'About Sigma Xi' in the top band menu.
The UW Chapter of Sigma Xi was founded in 1907, becoming the 25th national chapter. It has members from a broad spectrum of scientific fields, and although it is named the 'UW' Chapter, this is somewhat misleading, since many members are from industry, and other schools and research institutes in the area of Seattle. This chapter is unique, in that it has been headed by a woman for the last 20 years!
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