Sigma Xi Fellows

Sigma 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 Sigma Xi and 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 at the organization or the chapter level (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 March 31. The packet consists of:

  • The online Sigma Xi Fellows Nomination Form must be completed by two nominators (active associate or full members)  

  • The nominee's updated curriculum vitae 

  • Two letters of support from the nominators (600 words max) 

The nomination form will be available at the beginning of each calendar year. The designated selection committee will review nomination packets and make recommendations to the Board of Directors. Selected Fellows will be inducted at the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting each Fall.

Any member who has any involvement in the nomination process of a fellow must recuse themselves from voting on that Fellow candidate if on the final nominating committee.

Meet the Fellows: