Announcing the 2015–2016 Chapter Award Winners

November 14, 2016


Sigma Xi recognized its 2015–2016 chapter award winners during a dinner ceremony on November 11 at the Annual Meeting in Atlanta. 

Chapter of Excellence Awards have been bestowed on the following Sigma Xi chapters for exceptional chapter activity, innovative programming, and true community leadership during 2015–2016. Nominees for chapter awards were chosen by the regional and constituency directors based on chapter annual reports and winners were selected by the Committee on Qualifications and Membership. 
1. University of Michigan
2. Rice University
3. A tie between Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and General Motors R&D Center

Chapter Program of Excellence Awards have been bestowed on the following chapters for organizing and/or hosting a single outstanding program during 2015–2016. 
1. Mayo Foundation for programs that promote STEM education and recognize STEM teachers
2. University of Maryland for the Tour of the James Webb Space Telescope at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
3. University of Florida for a group visit to a special presentation at the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium at Santa Fe College

Top 15 Electing Chapters
The following chapters are recognized for initiating the most new members in 2015–2016:
Brown University
Washington University
Ohio State University
Fordham University
Georgetown University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
University of Michigan
University of California-Berkeley
Texas A & M University
Cornell University
Lehigh University
North Carolina State University
Harvard University
Vanderbilt University

Photo caption: Chapter award winners who had a delegate the Annual Meeting in Atlanta on November 11, 2016, were recognized and received a certificate for their award. Pictured fourth from the left is Cristina Gouin-Paul, the Mid-Atlantic Region director and president of the District of Columbia Chapter, who was honored with the 2016 Evan Ferguson Award for Service to the Society. 

More About Sigma Xi: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers. Its mission is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition. Sigma Xi chapters can be found at colleges and universities, government laboratories, and industry research centers around the world. More than 200 Nobel Prize winners have been members. The Society is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. On Twitter: @SigmaXiSociety