2003-2004 Chapter Outstanding Program Awards

Program Awards are awarded to chapters that have organized or hosted a single, outstanding program during the past year. Below are highlights from the chapters.

The Carleton College Chapter sponsored a panel discussion entitled "Wondering What to do with Your Life?" at which panelists with diverse science backgrounds and career paths described their educational and career experiences.

The East Carolina University Chapter's Annual State of the Art Forum brought together scientists from several departments and fields and ultimately resulted in a collaborative proposal that helped the university acquire a new electron microscope.

Ford Motor Company Chapter instituted a new community-service program that provides community college students with real-world scientific research experience.

Increasing the involvement of community members in chapter activities was one of the primary goals of the Mesa State College Chapter last year. Speakers and topics for chapter talks were chosen to reflect current and sometimes controversial public policy issues that are rooted in science. Attendance at the talks increased significantly.

In an effort to encourage an interest in science education for home schooled children, the Ohio Northern University Chapter sponsored a science fair that included home schooled children.

As part of the chapter's commitment to K-12 science education, thePrinceton Chapter worked with the CONNECT-ED program to team K-12 teachers with Sigma Xi members for professional development in science and math.

The Tampa Bay Chapter held a public panel discussion on the threat of terrorism that included local experts in bioterrorism, nuclear terrorism, parenting in the midst of a terrorist age and the emotional impact of threats. The discussion was attended by the public and local media and was videotaped for classroom use.