Sigma Xi Fellows

Key-gold-lg-White-backgroundSigma Xi has a distinguished history of acknowledging scientific research excellence with the purpose of supporting companions in zealous research.   Each year, a selected group of members will receive the added distinction of becoming a Fellow of Sigma Xi.  This distinction will be awarded on a competitive basis to members who have been recognized by their peers for exceptional contributions to the scientific enterprise.

The designation of Fellow is an honor and shall remain valid for the duration of active dues-paying Sigma Xi membership.  Sigma Xi Fellows will be:

  • inducted during the Annual Meeting of the Society,
  • able to use the post-nominal title ‘FSX’ (signifying Fellow of Sigma Xi),
  • awarded a pin and recognition certificate,
  • featured on the Sigma Xi website, and
  • accorded other special benefits as appropriate

Nomination Criteria:

  • An active (dues-paying) full member for the last ten years continuously or a life member
  • Distinguished service to Sigma Xi (e.g. served on a Sigma Xi committee or ad hoc committee, created or reinvigorated a chapter, provided exceptional service to a chapter)
  • Significant contributions to several of the following areas of the scientific enterprise:
    • research or development
    • outreach
    • teaching and curricular innovation
    • mentorship
    • science advocacy
    • leadership
  • Current members of the designated Fellows selection committee and the Sigma Xi Board of Directors will not be eligible for consideration.
  • Two letters of support from active Full or Associate members (600 words max) describing evidence of meeting the criteria listed above.

The strongest consideration will be given to nominees nominated by individuals from different organizations. Self-nominations are not accepted. Each nominator may only nominate a maximum of five people per year (with no more than two from the nominator’s institution). 

Fellowship may not be awarded posthumously unless the completed nomination packet was received prior to death.

Nomination and Selection Timeline:

Completed nomination packets are due February 1 each year. The packet consists of:

  • The online Sigma Xi Fellows Nomination Form must be completed by the nominators. 

  • The nominee's updated curriculum vitae 

  • Two letters of support from active full or associate Sigma Xi members 

Recommendations will be made to by the designated selection committee in the spring. Fellows will be approved at the spring Board of Directors meeting, and inducted at the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting each Fall. 


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Inaugural Cohort: The 2020 Fellows

See the list of who is in the inaugural cohort of Fellows