Committees

Committee on Audit Review

(Term runs from November 2020 through November 2021)

The Committee on Audit Review meets twice a year with the Society's financial auditors to discuss the scope and results of their examinations. The committee is charged with establishing and maintaining an open line of communication between the Board of Directors and the auditors, assuring that the accounting procedures and financial controls of the Society adequately safeguard the assets of the Society and the reliability of its financial records and ascertaining that the official auditors do contribute to Sigma Xi any and all of the affirmative comments and suggestions which can be helpful in improving the overall operations of the Society.

Membership: Three members appointed at the Annual Meeting of the Corporation to serve between Annual Assemblies of Delegates for three-year staggered terms. The senior member shall serve as Chair.

Chair: Emir Jose Macari
Staff Liaison: Jasmine Shah
Members: 
James D. Froula
Francis C. Dane

Committee on Audit Review Reports

FY2021 Committee on Awards

The Committee on Awards recommends to the Board of Directors the recipients for the Procter Prize, Young Investigator Award, the John P. McGovern Science and Society Award, the Walston Chubb Award for Innovation, and nominates to the Board of Directors names of individuals to be elected as Honorary Members of the Society.

Membership: The Committee on Awards is a five-member committee of Directors composed of a chair, two geographic regional Directors, and two constituency group Directors. When necessary, the president invites suggestions from the Board for chair of the Committee and, if approved by the Board, the Chair serves a three-year term. Likewise, each year the president invites suggestions from the Board for a geographic regional Director and a constituency group Director to serve on the Committee. If elected, the Directors serve three-year terms on the Committee.

Chair: Tammy Maldonado
Staff Liaison: Janelle Simmons
Members:
Eugene Santos, Jr.
Carlo U. Segre
Cristina Gouin
Steve W. Martin

Committee on Awards Reports

FY2021 Executive Committee

The Executive Committee acts for the Board of Directors between meetings of the Board in a wide range of areas. It also assists the Board in giving preliminary consideration to matters which do not come within the purview of other committees or where time does not permit referral to the otherwise appropriate committee. The Executive Committee also provides overall supervision of the headquarters of the Society.

Membership: Chair is the President of the Society; members include Immediate Past President, President-elect, Treasurer, and two other members of the Board serving two-year terms comprising a Constituency Director elected in even numbered ears, and a Regional Director elected in odd-numbered years.

Chair: Sonya T. Smith
Staff Liaison:  Jamie L. Vernon
Staff Contact:  Jasmine Shah and Ally Street
Members:
David W. Baker
Dana Baum
Tammy Maldonado
Robert T. Pennock
Geraldine Richmond
Jamie L. Vernon (non-voting)

FY2021 Committee on Finance

The Committee on Finance advises the Board of Directors of the Corporation regarding all aspects of the finances of the Society, including, but not limited to the raising and acquisition of capital funds; the investment of its endowments, funds and reserves; and the annual budgets for research, operations and capital equipment, including the physical plant. The committee prepares annual operating and capital budgets for the consideration of the Board of Directors.

Membership: Treasurer serves as Chair, together with the President, the President-elect and the Executive Director, ex officio and six members, three of whom shall not be Directors, nominated by the Treasurer and approved by the Board of Directors for three-year staggered terms.

Chair: David W. Baker, Treasurer
Staff Liaison: Jasmine Shah
Members:
Cristina C. Gouin
Darren E. Mason
Ann V. Paterson
Mark E. Peeples
Robert T. Pennock, ex officio, with vote
Gene P. Siegal
Sonya T. Smith, ex officio, with vote
Jamie L. Vernon (non-voting)
James "Jay" C. White

Committee on Finance Reports

FY2021 Committee on Grants-in-Aid of Research

The Committee on Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) acts upon the applications to the Society's GIAR program for financial assistance for research proposals within the limits set by the Board of Directors.

Membership: Chair is elected by the Board of Directors for a term of three years, together with eleven other members appointed for three-year terms.

Chair: Peter J. Harries
Staff Liaison: Janelle Simmons
Members:
Sudharshana Apte
Stephanie Bingham
Drew Coleman
Joel Crespo
Shawn Ellerbroek
Cecil McManus
Emma S. Perry
Robert T. Pennock, ex officio, with vote
Sonya T. Smith, ex officio with vote
Joanne Tillotson
Ann Yezerski
Peter Zani

Committee on Grants-in-Aid of Research Reports

FY2021 Committee on Lectureships

The Committee on Lectureships makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for Societal, regional and other lecture programs. The Committee implements and manages many of these programs.

Membership: Chair elected by the Board of Directors for a term of three years, together with eleven other members appointed for three-year terms.

Chair: Marc L. Imhoff
Staff Liaison: Janelle Simmons
Members:
Gilda Barabino
HollyAnn Harris
Tammy A. Maldonado
Robert T. Pennock, ex officio, with vote
Sonya T. Smith, ex officio, with vote
Amy L. Stockert

Committee on Lectureships Reports

Committee on Nominations

(Term runs from November 2019 through November 2020)

The committee is responsible each year for selecting at least two nominees for President and at least two nominees for Treasurer every four years to be forwarded to the Assembly. The election procedures for the Committee on Nominations are specified by the Executive Committee.   In recent years the Committee's deliberations have been carried out via conference calls and electronic correspondence, including electronic balloting to select the nominees.

Membership: The Society's Bylaws specify that the Committee on Nominations be composed of an elected member from each of the six geographic regions, the six constituency groups and the three most recently retired Past Presidents for a total of 15 members. No member of the Committee may also serve on the Board of Directors.  The Chair and Deputy Chair are appointed by the committee members and serve a one year term.

Chair: Lori Eckhardt - Southeast Region
Deputy Chair: TBD
Staff Liaison:  Jamie Vernon - Executive Director and CEO (non-voting)
Sigma Xi Staff Contacts:  Ally Street and Jasmine Shah
Members:
Tee Guidotti - Past President
Stuart Cooper - Past President
Joel Primack - Past President
Andrea Ashley-Oyewole - Comprehensive Colleges and Universities Constituency
Robert Boily - Canadian/International Constituency
Raymond Byrne - Research and Doctoral Universities Constituency
Indrajit Chowdhury - Membership-at-Large Constituency
Francis Dane - Mid-Atlantic Region
Julie Ealy - Northeast Region
Bruce Fowler - Area Groups, Industries, State and federal Laboratories Constituency
Loretta Johnson - Southwest Region
W. Berry Lyons - North Central Region
Subrata Saha - Northwest Region
C. Susan Weiler - Baccalaureate Colleges Constituency

Committee on Nominations Reports

FY2021 Committee on Qualifications and Membership

The Committee on Qualifications and Membership has the responsibility for: (a) ensuring the vitality of chapters that have the potential to be vital units of the Society; (b) determining the suitability of any petitioning group to be granted chapter status and making the appropriate recommendations to the Board of Directors; (c) studying and making recommendations to the Board of Directors in cases of chapters failing to remain in good standing; (d) monitoring and encouraging the health and performance of chapters; (e) making recommendations to the Board of Directors on matters of policy concerning membership in the Society; (f) serving through a subcommittee appointed by the Chair as the Committee on Admissions for the membership-at-large, or on behalf and at the request of chapters; and (g) render judgment in cases involving eligibility for membership referred to it by a chapter or the Board of Directors.

Membership: Chair elected by the Board of Directors for a term of three years, together with eight other members appointed for three-year terms.

Chair: Emma S. Perry
Staff Liaison: Eman Ghanem
Members:
Cristina C. Gouin
HollyAnn Harris
Douglas J. Jardine
Robert T. Pennock, ex officio, with vote
Vusumuzi L. Sibanda
Sonya T. Smith, ex officio, with vote
Karen L. Sweazea
Allen A. Thomas
Robert T. Youker

Committee on Qualifications and Membership Reports

FY2021 Committee on Strategic Planning

The Strategic Planning Committee advises the Board on all matters concerning the objectives, policies, plans, future activities and well-being of the Society; initiates studies and responds to the Board’s requests for long-range plans for the Society and monitors progress toward attainment of the Society’s vision and goals and the consistency of programs with the mission and culture of the Society. The strategic plan provides a guide for making decisions on allocating resources and on taking action to pursue strategies and priorities.

Membership:  Comprised of the members of the Executive Committee.

Chair: Sonya T. Smith
Staff Liaison:  Jamie L. Vernon - Executive Director and CEO (non-voting)
Staff Contact:  Ally Street
Members:
David W. Baker
Dana Baum
Tammy A. Maldonado
Robert T. Pennock
Geraldine "Geri" Richmond

 

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