Sigma Xi Awards Research Grants to Students

January 24, 2017

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The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has been funding research by undergraduate and graduate students since 1922. In the fall 2016 cycle, the Society awarded 115 grants totaling $91,205 to students in four countries. The Committee on Grants-in-Aid of Research, chaired by Peter J. Harries of North Carolina State University, selected 20 undergraduate students, 28 master’s students, and 67 doctoral candidates to receive grants.

A list of recipients for this cycle is available. 

Students may apply for funding from the program twice each year at The next application deadline is March 15. 

The grants are made possible by designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences and from donations. In the fall 2016 cycle, Sigma Xi funded 18% of the 651 applications received. More grants could be awarded in future cycles if more donations are received. 

Sigma Xi is committed to strengthening the GIAR program. A Centennial Campaign, which kicked off at the 2016 Annual Meeting to count down to the program’s 100th year in 2022, calls for more financial support to help more students. 

To donate to GIAR, go to

Sigma Xi thanks the following people who reviewed grant applications in the fall 2016 cycle.

Peter Harries (Chair)*
Asem Abdulahad
Joseph Akkara*
Lynne Baker-Ward*
Drew Coleman*
Jose Crespo*
Shawn Ellerbroek*
Raymond Fornes*
Catherine Jahncke*
Avinash Konkani*
Michael Lares*
Cecil McManus*
John Millhauser*
Timothy Ng*
Lisa Paciulli
Ann Paterson*
Padmanabhan Pattabiraman*
Emma Perry*
Megan Perry*
Mildred Pointer*
Douglas Reeves
Chantal Reid*
Bhubanananda Sahu
Ted Shear*
Joanne Tillotson*
Ann Yezerski*
Peter Zani*

Names shown with an asterisk (*) are Sigma Xi members. 

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