Sigma Xi: The Value Proposition for a Thriving Research Community

Sigma Xi is an international, multidisciplinary  community of science and engineering professionals dedicated to research excellence, to promoting public engagement with science, and to fostering the next generation of researchers. Through the recognition and honor of induction, Sigma Xi members join a distinguished community of researchers. The principal benefits of membership are:

  1. The pursuit of excellence along with equally passionate colleagues
  2. The chance to "pay forward" to our profession through a career of
    • Active encouragement of, and participation in, research
    • Maintaining this community of excellence
  3. The ability to voice concerns and offer direction with informed evidence on critically important issues nationally and beyond, and
  4. The opportunity to "pay back" for your gratifying career through mentorship and support of our profession 

Sigma Xi membership is a competitive advantage that helps one position for success. Sigma Xi offers members professional development training, leadership opportunities, and access to a myriad of necessary career development resources.

What We Do for Members and How We Achieve Benefits for Members

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  1. Honoring Scientific Contributions through Membership
  2. Awards and Prizes
  3. Grants-in-Aid of Research
  4. Distinguished Lectureship 

Promote Public Understanding of Science (communication) and Impact on Policy

  1. American ScientistTony Dingman and crowd overhead shot
  2. Sigma Xi SmartBrief
  3. Student Research Showcase
  4. Science Cafes
  5. Sigma Xi Speaks
  6. KeyedIn  Blog
  7. ScienceDebate.org Coalition 

Provide Opportunities for Professional Development and Leadership 

  1. Opportunities to engage through leadershipStudentResearchConference
  2. Access to diverse, multidisciplinary professional network
  3. Opportunities to Collaborate within and beyond your discipline
  4. Opportunities for face-to-face interactions
  5. Digital interactions with colleagues and mentors through online communities and social media
  6. Access to job postings through Sigma Xi Career Center 

Promote Responsible Conduct of Research and Scientific Integrity

  1. OpenStax "Eye on Ethics" feature boxes in textbooks
  2. Ethics Publications
  3. Ethics Forums
  4. Authors Without Borders

Promote STEM Education 

  1. Publish pre-collegiate research: Chronicle of the New Researcher
  2. Opportunities for mentorship and fostering the rising scientific talent through judging or volunteering
  3. Partnerships with STEM education organizations such as:

Partnerships with National Organizations

  1. AAAS, AAU, APLU, CGS, NIH, National Academies
  2. AAAS Science and Human Right Coalition
  3. UN-Sigma Xi Climate Change Report

For Partners and Supporters 

  1. Access to the best and brightest scientific talent and potential employees in major disciplines 
  2. Access to local science communities through chapters
  3. Network with top leaders in higher education and governmental organizations 


Click here to download a printable version of the Sigma Xi Value Proposition.