Student Research Conference

2015AMSRC logo 250x250October 23-24, 2015 
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
Kansas City, Missouri

Announcement of 2015 Student Research Conference Winners

Professional and Student Research Abstracts Published in the Program Book

Professional and Student Research Abstracts Published in the Program Update

See the 2015 Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference photo album

Outstanding high school, undergraduate, and graduate students are invited to join research scientists from North America and abroad for a celebration of research accomplishments hosted by Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, the global honor society for science and engineering research.

Sigma Xi interviewed ten students who presented their research at the 2014 event. Click here to listen to presenter interviews.

Presentations are accepted in: Agriculture, soil & natural resources, behavioral sciences, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, ecology and evolutionary biology, engineering, environmental sciences, geo-sciences, math and computer science, physics and astronomy, physiology and immunology. 
We will continue to accept abstracts until October 9, 2015 and if accepted will be printed in the program update that will be given with the program book. After you register, you will be sent an email that contains a link to the abstract submission form.


Conference Activities

  • Student research presentations to be evaluated by leading career scientists
  • Interactions with eminent scientists and engineers from around the world at social events
  • Network with graduate school recruiters and potential employers
  • Educational sessions on vital career skills
  • Students who rank as superior presenters will be nominated to join Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. Those who accept the nomination will be inducted on the morning of October 25.

Registration Information

Reserve a Hotel Room by September 23!


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Presentation Guidelines

Student Anticipated Expenses

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The Student Research Conference is held as part of Sigma Xi's Annual Meeting.

Hear from Sigma Xi's 2015 award winners!


John P. McGovern Science and Society Award
Presented for an outstanding contribution to science and society

May Berenabum 200

May Berenbaum
Professor and Head of the Department of Entomology and Swanlund Chair of Entomology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; 2014 Recipient of the National Medal of Science

May Berenbaum earned the National Medal of Science for pioneering studies on chemical coevolution and the genetic basis of insect-plant interactions, and for inspiring others about science.

Watch a Google Hangout with May Berenbaum.

Evan Ferguson Award
Presented in recognition of outstanding service to Sigma Xi and its mission

Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson
Professor of veterinary integrative biosciences at Texas A&M University.

Larry Johnson has held every officer position there is for the Texas A&M Sigma Xi Chapter and started many of its programs.

Watch a Google Hangout with Larry Johnson.

Young Investigator Award
Presented to recognize an excellent active Sigma Xi member within 10 years of his or her highest earned degree.

 Melissa Kenny

Melissa A. Kenney
Research assistant professor in environmental decision analysis at the University of Maryland Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center.

Melissa A. Kenney was the lead scientist on a team that developed recommendations for the U.S. Global Change Research Program. These recommendations were for a prototype set of indicators to track climate change and its impacts.

Watch a Google Hangout with Melissa A. Kenney.

Honorary Membership
Given to top science journalists and friends of research who have made contributions to science but are not eligible for Sigma Xi membership.

 Miles O'Brien

Miles O'Brien
Science journalist

Miles O'Brien's reporting focuses on science, technology, and aerospace. He is a producer and correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, a producer and director for the PBS documentary series NOVA, a correspondent for the PBS documentary series Frontline, the National Science Foundation Science Nation series, and an aviation analyst for CNN.

Watch a Google Hangout with Miles O'Brien.

William Procter Prize Award for Scientific Achievement
Presented for an outstanding contribution to scientific research and a demonstrated ability to communicate this research to scientists in other disciplines.

 David Williams

David Williams
University of Rochester's Dean for Research, School of Arts, Science, and Engineering; professor in the Institute of Optics; professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Science; professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering; director of the Center for Visual Science. 

David Williams has developed highly accurate models to measure and correct the eye's aberrations, and his work answers key scientific questions within vision science and ophthalmology.

Watch a Google Hangout with David Williams.

Thanks to our exhibitors, sponsors, and advertisers! 

Worcester Polytechnic Institute   

National College of Natural Medicine

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

University of Kansas

Science Debate

Truman State University

Kirksville Sigma Xi Chapter

District of Columbia Sigma Xi Chapter

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