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2015 Awards and Prizes: Call for Nominations

The University of Minnesota Chapter of Sigma Xi bestows a number of awards and prizes each year at our annual banquet. Please help us give public recognition to scientific accomplishment in our community. The success of this program depends on your submission of nominations. The Executive Committee will select the award recipients.

For each nomination, you must submit a separate letter addressed to Sigma Xi(address below) stating the name of the award or prize category you propose and the reasons why your nominee deserves consideration. Your letter should address the selection criteria for the particular award; you may enclose supporting documentation for review by the Awards Committee. The letter should include the address, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses (if available) for both you and your nominee, and a resume for the nominee. Self-nominations will not be accepted. You may submit nominations for as many awards and prizes as you wish. Nominations due: March 1st of each year.

Please note the following special requirements regarding nominations for two of the awards: the Sigma Xi Graduate Research Award requires a nominator who is a member of the Graduate Faculty and a seconder who is the Director of Graduate Studies for the program of the nominee; a nomination for the Distinguished Service Award requires endorsement signatures by ten current chapter members.


CHARLES AND DOROTHY ANDREW BIRD AWARD: $1000 cash award, Sigma Xi membership; Chapter pays initiation fee, first year membership dues, and banquet ticket.

ELIGIBLE: UNDERGRADUATE OR GRADUATE STUDENT, ANY FIELD OF PURE OR APPLIED SCIENCE (up to 2 awards)

Dorothy A. Bird (B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota) taught psychology at Chatham College and in the University of Minnesota Department of Independent Study, and was co-author of the Minnesota Clerical Test. She and her husband, Charles Bird, a distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota, were co-authors of the book Learning More by Effective Study, and both were members of Sigma Xi. Through a generous bequest to the University of Minnesota Foundation on behalf of our chapter, we will present up to two awards named for her and her husband. Awards to be given to an undergraduate or graduate student for outstanding research in the form of: 1) a thesis; 2) a paper or papers accepted for presentation at a national meeting; or 3) a paper or papers accepted for peer-reviewed journal publication. Students nominated for this award must also be nominated for membership in Sigma Xi.

Recent Winners (all are from the University of Minnesota, unless noted otherwise):

2014, Komal Kapoor, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering

2014 Joshua VanderHook, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering

2013 Kia Atysales, Dept. of Anthropology

2013 Ryan Goh, Dept. of Mathematics

2013 Gang Liu, Dept. of Mathematics

2013 Elliot Weiner, Dept. of Psychology, Metropolitan State University,

2013 Matt A. Yost, Dept. of Applied Plant Sciences

2011 Jasmine Erickson, Dept of Food Science and Nutrition

2010 Anna Lindquist, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics

2010 Heidi Peterson, Dept. of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering

2009 Anna Radke, Dept. of Neuroscience

2009 Melissa Wilson, Dept. of Soil, Water, and Climate


THOMAS F. ANDREWS PRIZE: $250 cash award, Sigma Xi membership; Chapter pays initiation fee, first year membership dues, and banquet ticket.

ELIGIBLE: UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT, ANY FIELD OF PURE OR APPLIED SCIENCE (1 award)

Students in any school or college of the University of Minnesota, who have demonstrated proficiency in independent research in science, and who have not yet obtained a baccalaureate degree. Papers or other evidence of research work offered in this connection may be those used by the student for thesis purposes or otherwise. Undergraduate students nominated for this award must also be nominated for membership in Sigma Xi.

Recent Winners (all are from the University of Minnesota unless noted otherwise):

2014, Sarah Bening, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering

2013, Tom VandenBoom, Depts. of Mathematics & Statistics

2009, Anna Testen, Dept. of Plant Pathology


SIGMA XI UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AWARD: $500 cash award, Sigma Xi membership; Chapter pays initiation fee, first year membership dues, and banquet ticket.

ELIGIBLE: UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS IN THE NATURAL SCIENCES

To be awarded to a student who has demonstrated proficiency in independent research in science, and who has not yet obtained a baccalaureate degree. Papers or other evidence of research work supporting the nomination may be those used by the student for thesis purposes or otherwise. Undergraduate students nominated for this award must also be nominated for membership in Sigma Xi.

Recent Winners (all are from the University of Minnesota unless noted otherwise:

Kelsey Melinda Boyle, Dept. of Chemistry

Stephen Doody, Dept. of Psychology, Metropolitan State University

2010 Evan Finnes, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics


GEORGE T. WALKER PRIZES: $250 cash award, Sigma Xi membership; Chapter pays initiation fee, first year membership dues, and banquet ticket.

ELIGIBLE: UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS IN THE CHEMICAL SCIENCES (BROADLY DEFINED) (up to 2 awards)

For up to two students in the chemical sciences, to be utilized in the senior year. Recipients to be selected on the basis of aptitude in science and promise in research. Undergraduate students nominated for this award must also be nominated for membership in Sigma Xi.


SIGMA XI GRADUATE RESEARCH AWARD: $500 cash award, Sigma Xi membership; Chapter pays initiation fee, first year membership dues, and banquet ticket.

ELIGIBLE: GRADUATE STUDENTS IN THE NATURAL SCIENCES

To be awarded to a graduate student in residence who has completed an outstanding piece of research in the natural sciences that has been accepted for presentation at a regional or national meeting of an appropriate professional society, or which has been accepted for publication in a refereed journal. The nominator may be any member of the Graduate Faculty, and the seconder should be the Director of Graduate Study of the program of the nominee. Students nominated for this award must also be nominated for membership in Sigma Xi.

Recent Winners:

2014, Kevin Dorn, Dept. of Plant Biological Sciences

2014, Gabriela Jaramillo, Dept. of Mathematics

2010 Ellery Frahm, Dept. of Anthropology

2010 Geoff Kramer, Dept. of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering

2009 Jiva Dimova, Dept. of Psychology


DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CHAPTER

ELIGIBLE: MEMBERS, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CHAPTER OF SIGMA XI

A testimonial recognition of distinguished services in furthering science and scientific research in the State of Minnesota, and service to the University of Minnesota Chapter of Sigma Xi. The Chapter Bylaws require: 1) a nomination for this award must be endorsed by the signatures of not less than ten current members; 2) nominations with the necessary endorsements are referred to a Recognition Committee consisting of the current Chapter President and the previous five Chapter Presidents; 3) this Committee decides on recommendations for those deemed worthy of recognition and the form of testimonial to be awarded, and presents these recommendations to the Executive Committee for approval.


SCIENCE COMMUNICATION AND EDUCATION AWARD, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CHAPTERh

ELIGIBLE: MEMBERS OF THE TWIN CITIES METROPOLITAN AREA

A testimonial recognition of dedication to and excellence in conveying to the public both the substance and importance of science and scientific discoveries. The award was inaugurated in 1999 and its first recipient was James Dawson, science writer for the Star Tribune. Nominations for this award should consist of a letter to the Chapter Secretary outlining in detail the qualifications of the nominee for the Science and Communications Award, and should be signed by two current dues-paid members of the Chapter. The Executive Committee will consider and vote on all nominations that have been duly received and will decide on the form of testimonial to be awarded.

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