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From the President: Developing Scientific Intuition

Sigma Xi President Joel Primack passes on advice from one of his former professors.

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Abstracts Accepted for the Student Research Showcase

Students can submit an abstract by February 22 for Sigma Xi’s online science communication competition.

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Public May Request Free American Scientist Subscriptions for High Schools

Sigma Xi is asking the public for help in identifying approximately 650 high schools to receive a free, one-year subscription to its magazine.

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2018 Sigma Xi Election Results

Members of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society elected their peers to leadership roles in an online election that ended November 27.

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Tradition to Support Students and Early Career Researchers Carries on at the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting

An uplifting tradition carried on at the Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference hosted by Sigma Xi.

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STEM Education and Human Rights

Take a look at what the Science and Human Rights Coalition discussed in 2018.

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Grants-in-Aid of Research Award Recipient Profile: Simona Augyte

We catch up with Simona Augyte, who received a research grant from Sigma Xi as a PhD candidate, to learn about the results of her project and see where she is now.

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Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference Discussed Big Data and the Future of Research, Ethics, and Science Communication

Sigma Xi members, science supporters, and students came together October 25–28 for the 2018 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference.

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Top Presenters Announced at the Student Research Conference

Science and engineering students from across the country gathered in Burlingame, California, for the 18th Annual Student Research Conference.

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Chapter Award Winners and Top Electing Chapters in 2017–2018

The Sigma Xi Committee on Qualifications and Membership has selected Sigma Xi chapters that will receive the 2017–2018 chapter awards and recognized the top electing chapters.

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Texas A&M University Provost Honored with Teaching Award

Carol A. Fierke will receive the 2018 Sigma Xi Monie A. Ferst Award, sponsored by the Georgia Institute of Technology Chapter.

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Letter from the President: Defending the Scientific Process

Some people think the survival of key theories of modern science is impossible because they believe that new scientific theories always overthrow the previous theories. Sigma Xi President Joel Primack challenges that misunderstanding.

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Research Honor Society Calls for Support of Climate Scientists and Investments in Research to Reduce Climate Change

Sigma Xi makes its statement on climate change on the day that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a key report.

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Sigma Xi Member William D. Nordhaus Wins Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences

Member William D. Nordhaus of Yale University received half of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.

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Win Free Registration to the Student Research Conference

Students can win free registration to the Sigma Xi Student Research Conference taking place October 26–28 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in California!

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Sigma Xi Member Arthur Ashkin Wins 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded half of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics to Sigma Xi member Arthur Ashkin.

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Deadline for Award Nominations Extended to December 1

The public may submit nominations by December 1 for Sigma Xi’s 2019–2020 prizes and awards program, which recognizes major achievements in science, engineering, and science communication.

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International Research Conference Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Students and faculty from Hispanic-serving institutions receive a 50 percent registration discount to the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference through October 15.

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Science and Engineering Students Will Compete in an International Research Competition

Sigma Xi invites science and engineering students in high school through graduate school from around the world to its annual Student Research Conference.

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SAS Will Demonstrate Its Visual Data Mining and Machine Learning Product at Sigma Xi’s Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference

Participants of the Sigma Xi 2018 Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference will have access to an on-site demonstration from SAS, an analytics software and services company.

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President-Elect Candidates Share Goals for Sigma Xi’s Future

The three members who are running for president-elect in the 2018 Sigma Xi elections share their goals for the Society.

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Tools for Communicating Science

Science communication sessions have been added to the program of the 2018 Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference.

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Student Research Grant Applications Due October 1

Sigma Xi invites undergraduate and graduate students to apply for a research grant by October 1.

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Procter Prize Winner Unlocked Viruses’ Secrets

A biologist who dedicated much of her career to studying retroviruses will receive Sigma Xi’s 2018 William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement.

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Annual Meeting to Feature Symposium on Big Data in Physics and Astronomy

Sigma Xi will bring together the research community October 25–28 for its Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference to discuss how scientists and engineers can adapt to the big data era.

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Young Investigator Is Enhancing Materials Science

Dave Flannigan, an associate professor at University of Minnesota, is the recipient of Sigma Xi’s 2018 Young Investigator Award for his contributions to an emerging technology, ultrafast electron microscopy.

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Nominations Sought for Sigma Xi Elections

Sigma Xi is currently accepting nominations for members who can serve in leadership positions. All active members are eligible to vote online in the elections from October 29 to November 27.

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Asking, Receiving, and Giving Back: One Member's Full-Circle Journal in Grant-Writing

Member Madhusudan Katti was a PhD student in 1993, when he asked Sigma Xi's Grants-in-Aid of Research program for help with funding his research. Now, he volunteers for the program by reviewing student grant proposals.

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Announcing the 2018 Award Winners

The Society is pleased to announce the 2018 award winners. All of them will be featured speakers at the Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference.

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The New President's Plan

Joel Primack, who became Sigma Xi president on July 1, plans to spend his one-year term pursuing two new initiatives. Primack calls for members and chapters to help with both ideas.

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American Scientist Wins Awards for Nonprofit Publishing

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society’s magazine American Scientist has once again ranked among the top publications from nonprofit associations.

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Farewell Message from the President

Stuart L. Cooper will complete his one-year term as Sigma Xi president on June 30. In a farewell message, he reflects on the highlights of his year at the Society's helm and the work that remains.

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Sigma Xi Awards Research Grants to Students in Spring 2018 Cycle

In the spring 2018 cycle of its Grants-in-Aid of Research program, the Society awarded 197 grants totaling $191,082 to students.

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People's Choice Award Winner Aims to Improve Treatment for Pediatric Cancer

Zhen Ye, a PhD student at University of Nebraska Medical Center, won the People’s Choice Award in Sigma Xi's 2018 Student Research Showcase.

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Interdisciplinary Research Awarded at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Sigma Xi members selected outstanding teams at the 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair to receive $6,000 from the Society's Special Awards.

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2018 Student Research Showcase Results

Winners are announced from Sigma Xi's sixth Student Research Showcase, an online science communication competition. Vote today for the People's Choice Award winner!

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Researchers Awarded Grants to Build Educational Programs and Encourage Diversity in Research

Three Sigma Xi chapters have been selected to receive grants to improve their programming.

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Honoring Nobel Prize Winners

On April 20, 2018, Sigma Xi unveiled six new names to its Hall of Honor, adding members who won the Nobel Prize since 2014. The highlight of the event was a live teleconference with one of the Nobel laureates.

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Researching the Lives of Slaves

Member and Howard University doctoral candidate Carter Clinton received a grant from Sigma Xi to investigate the African Burial Ground in New York City.

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From the President: Sigma Xi's Lifeline

Sigma Xi President Stuart Cooper encourages members to extend the honor of nomination to others, to support the Society's future of having a robust and active membership.

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Marching for Science

On April 14, 2018, Sigma Xi members and chapters took to the streets for the second March for Science to demonstrate their support of using scientific research to guide public policy.

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The Importance of STEM Education

At the March for Science in Raleigh, North Carolina, Sigma Xi Executive Director and CEO Jamie L. Vernon shared how investing in education of science, technology, engineering, and math for students from all backgrounds will support the nation's economy and future success.

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Judges Needed in Pittsburgh

The world’s largest international precollege science competition is coming to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Sigma Xi is looking for nonstudent members in the area to volunteer as judges.

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World’s Largest Research Honor Society Supports March for Science

Sigma Xi is a sponsor of the flagship event in Washington, DC, and Executive Director and CEO Jamie Vernon will be a speaker at the march in Raleigh. Meanwhile, the Society’s network of chapters will have roles in multiple satellite events.

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Nobel Laureates Will Be Honored in Research Triangle Park

Six Sigma Xi members who have made some of the most significant research discoveries in recent history will be honored in Research Triangle Park.

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Honor Society Commits to Leading Improvements in Research

At a time of high tension between science and the United States government, a group of scientists, engineers, and supporters gathered in Washington, DC, on March 29 to discuss how the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers plans to strengthen the research enterprise.

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Remarks on Sigma Xi's Pathway to the Future by Executive Director and CEO Jamie L. Vernon

Sigma Xi held a reception in Washington, DC, on March 29. Executive Director and CEO Jamie L. Vernon discussed Sigma Xi's optimism for the future of the scientific enterprise, and stated that the Society will help address issues relating to the ethical conduct of research.

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Remarks on Sigma Xi's Pathway to the Future by Immediate Past President Tee Guidotti

Immediate Past President Tee Guidotti delivered remarks about Sigma Xi's past and future during a March 29 reception at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC.

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Sigma Xi's Pathway to the Future

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society held a reception on February 17, 2018, during the American Association for Advancement of Science's (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, to share the plan for Sigma Xi's future.

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Sigma Xi Awards Its First Climate Science Grant

The Grants-in-Aid of Research program's first climate science grant was awarded to Anna Knochel, an undergraduate student from Rice University who is studying the role viruses play in coral reef ecosystems.

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Support a Student: Be a Judge for the Student Research Showcase

You can have a direct impact on high school, undergraduate, and graduate students’ research careers by volunteering as a judge in the online 2018 Sigma Xi Student Research Showcase.

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From the President: Soft Skills

Sigma Xi’s emphasis on honoring excellence in science and technology and promoting policies that ensure the health of the scientific enterprise is important, but that is not the sole emphasis of our mission, writes President Stuart Cooper. Research communication and ethics are also important.

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Sigma Xi Awards Research Grants to Students

In the fall 2017 cycle of its Grants-in-Aid of Research program, the Society awarded 121 grants totaling $116,096 to students.

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State of the Society

Over the past year significant changes and improvements have been made in Sigma Xi administrative operations, programmatic activities, and outreach initiatives. This update will summarize these accomplishments as well as point out the challenges that remain to be overcome to maintain and grow Sigma Xi as a premier scientific research honor society.

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Sigma Xi Members in the 2017 Cohort of AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Council elected Sigma Xi members among its 2017 Fellows to recognize their contributions to innovation, education, and scientific leadership.

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Top Research Associations Join Forces to Support Science and Engineering

Sigma Xi and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, each with a history of supporting the scientific enterprise for more than 100 years, are building a partnership to promote, protect, and improve all aspects of science and engineering.

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Report Makes Recommendations to Help Early Career Researchers

A new report from the National Postdoctoral Association in collaboration with Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society seeks to improve the postdoc experience.

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Membership Dues to Increase for Fiscal Year 2019

Sigma Xi's membership dues will increase in fiscal year 2019, which begins July 1, 2018. You can lock in your current rate for up to five years by renewing your membership before December 31, 2017.

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Geraldine L. Richmond Voted in as Sigma Xi's Future President

Members of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society have voted to make Geraldine L. Richmond, presidential chair of science and professor of chemistry at the University of Oregon, the Society's future president.

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2017 Election Results

Members of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society elected their peers to leadership roles in an online election that ended December 7.

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Chapter Award Winners Announced

Sigma Xi’s Committee on Qualifications and Membership selected chapters for awards based on fiscal year 2018 chapter annual reports and evaluations from directors.

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A Brick Wall of Reality on One Side and the Abyss of Catastrophe on the Other

In light of Sigma Xi’s Symposium on Atmospheric Chemistry, Climate, and Health on November 10 in Raleigh, North Carolina, Immediate Past President Tee L. Guidotti describes the current environmental situation and Sigma Xi’s role in it.

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Sigma Xi Hosts Symposium on Climate Change and Student Research Conference

Sigma Xi invited its members and the public to the Symposium on Atmospheric Chemistry, Climate, and Health and Student Research Conference November 10–11, 2017, at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Winners Announced at Student Research Conference

Science and engineering students from across the country gathered in Raleigh, North Carolina, on November 11 for the 17th Annual Student Research Conference.

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Sigma Xi Joins Effort to Ask Political Candidates for Science and Technology Positions

Researchers across the United States will help voters learn how their 2018 congressional and gubernatorial candidates view science and technology.

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Who is Responsible?

Sigma Xi President Stuart Cooper reflects on the core elements of Sigma Xi’s reason for being and what members bring to the table.

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Executive Director Shares Vision for Sigma Xi

Last night, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society hosted an Executive Director Meet and Greet to connect with Sigma Xi members and partners from the Society's dynamic network in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and the surrounding areas.

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Postdoctoral Scholars Receive Discounted Membership Rate for Sigma Xi and National Postdoctoral Association

Postdoctoral scholars and graduate students can now save 20 percent on membership fees when they are elected to Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society and concurrently join the National Postdoctoral Association.

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Grants-in-Aid of Research Supports Emerging Scientists

Peter Harries, chair of the Committee on Grants-in-Aid of Research, discusses efforts to improve and strengthen Sigma Xi's grants program.

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How to Help the Harvey Research Recovery

Assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath by contacting a fellow member in the area, opening your lab to displaced researchers so they can continue their work, or donating.

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Statement on Diversity and Recent Events in Charlottesville, Virginia

Today, on the 28th day of August, 2017, the 54th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is reaffirming its commitment to the principles of equality.

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Sigma Xi Offers Research Grants to Students

Sigma Xi invites undergraduate and graduate students to apply to its Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program by October 1, 2017. Catch up with the student who received the first grant from a new endowment, and learn about the new grant category: climate science.

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Students Can Earn Nominations to Sigma Xi

One by one, graduate, undergraduate, and high school students are called up to be recognized before their peers and judges. These students are selected as top presenters in their disciplines at the Student Research Conference.

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From the President: We'll Always Have Paris

I welcome my new role as Sigma Xi’s president as of July 1.

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Stay in Touch with the Society

To get the most from your membership, Sigma Xi needs your up-to-date contact information. Updating your profile information is easy when you login to Sigma Xi's website.

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STEM in the Park

New Partnership to Support STEM Professionals and Students

A new partnership with STEM in the Park will make strides towards the goal of ensuring that every science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professional has career support, and that every child is given a fair opportunity to pursue a career in STEM.

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Sigma Xi Hires New Director of Science Communications and Publications and Editor-in-Chief of American Scientist

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society welcomes Fenella Saunders as director of science communications and publications and editor-in-chief of American Scientist.

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WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel to be Featured at Climate Symposium and Student Research Conference

Greg Fishel, chief meteorologist at Capitol Broadcasting Co. on WRAL-TV and Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM, will be a guest of honor at the Symposium on Atmospheric Chemistry, Climate, and Health on November 10 and the keynote speaker at the Student Research Conference on November 11 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

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Jaskirat Batra Earns Graduate Fellowship

Texas A&M Chapter member Jaskirat Batra has been awarded the Dr. Patricia Graham Graduate Fellowship in the amount of $5,000 from Alpha Lamda Delta.

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Sigma Xi Signs Letter to Congress Seeking Raised Spending Caps for Research

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society and 200 organizations joined with Research!America to call on Congress to raise the spending caps for research in the fiscal year 2018 federal budget.

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New Executive Director and CEO Describes Our Path Forward

After serving as Sigma Xi’s director of science communications and publications and editor-in-chief of American Scientist, my admiration for the members and mission of this organization has only grown.

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Grants Available to Students Studying Climate Science

Undergraduate and graduate students studying climate science have a new opportunity to receive funding for their research.

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Sigma Xi's Magazine Wins Six EXCEL Awards

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society’s magazine has once again ranked among the top publications from non-profit associations.

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Sigma Xi's Magazine Launches Website Redesign

Sigma Xi's bi-monthly publication about science, engineering, technology, and math relaunched its website to improve the reader experience, especially for readers using mobile devices.

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Sigma Xi Partners with J&J Editorial on its Scientific Journal for High School Students

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society has signed a memorandum of understanding with J&J Editorial to create a partnership that will benefit Chronicle of The New Researcher.

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Tee Guidotti Reflects on His Year as Sigma Xi President

The last 12 months have been tumultuous for American science. Rising distrust and skepticism have undermined acceptance of science as a way of understanding the world.

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Sigma Xi Awards Research Grants to Students in Spring 2017 Cycle

In the spring 2017 cycle, the Society awarded 150 grants totaling $120,354 to students.

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Sigma Xi Awards Teamwork at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Sigma Xi members selected outstanding teams at the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair to receive $6,000 from the Society's Special Awards in Team Science.

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Sigma Xi Names A New Executive Director and CEO

Jamie Vernon named next Sigma Xi executive director and CEO starting July 1, 2017.

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Sigma Xi Chapters Participate in March for Science, Sponsor Earth Day Extras

Sigma Xi chapters across the country participated in the March for Science on April 22, 2017, to celebrate science and call for evidence-based policymaking.

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Mark Peeples Speaks to March for Science Crowd in Columbus, Ohio

Past President of Sigma Xi Mark Peeples addressed the March for Science-Columbus crowd outside the west lawn of Ohio Statehouse.

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Showcase People's Choice Award Announced

Nicholas DiStefano, a sophomore at American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida, won the People’s Choice Award at this year's Student Research Showcase.

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2017 Student Research Showcase Results

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society brought together students and professional researchers online for its 5th annual Student Research Showcase. This year, 116 high school, undergraduate, and graduate students entered this science communication competition.

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Sigma Xi Symposium on Atmospheric Chemistry, Climate, and Health Followed by Student Research Conference

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Statement from Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society Executive Director and CEO John Nemeth on President Trump's Budget Proposal

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Sigma Xi Members Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Seventeen of the new members elected to the National Academy of Engineering are Sigma Xi members.

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March for Science Touts Sigma Xi Support in Partnership Announcement

With two months left before thousands of people participate in the March for Science movement on April 22, organizers have shared a list of partners and information to help people get involved.

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The Core Value of Science

In his March–April letter, Sigma Xi President Tee Guidotti describes the value that science provides to society.

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Small Grants Make Big Difference

Sigma Xi offers Science, Math, and Engineering Education (SMEE) Grants worth up to $2,000 each to the Society’s chapters to fund innovative education programs. Susan Walsh, president of the Rollins College Chapter in Winter Park, Florida, shares the outcomes of their grant.

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Sigma Xi Members Become AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Council elected the following Sigma Xi members among its 2016 Fellows to recognize their contributions to innovation, education, and scientific leadership.

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Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturers Announced for 2017–2018

For the 79th consecutive year, Sigma Xi presents its panel of Distinguished Lecturers as an opportunity for chapters to host visits from outstanding individuals who are at the leading edge of science.

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Sigma Xi Becomes a Partner with the March for Science

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is partnering with the March for Science, an event that will bring scientists and science advocates to Washington, D.C., on April 22, 2017. Sister marches are also being planned for cities across the country and around the world.

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Statement from Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society Executive Director and CEO John C. Nemeth on the Presidential Executive Order Establishing Temporary Travel Ban

Sigma Xi CEO John Nemeth calls on President Trump to rescind the executive order that temporarily restricts citizens of seven countries from entering the United States.

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Sigma Xi CEO John Nemeth Sends Letter of Concern to the White House Over Federal Communications Restrictions

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society Executive Director and CEO John Nemeth today sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump to raise a concern over restrictions that have been placed on federal agencies.

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The State of the Society

President Tee L. Guidotti declares Sigma Xi much improved compared to recent years. He describes areas of the Society that have been strengthened, the actions that were taken to make improvements, and what members can look forward to in the future.

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