Grants Available to Students Studying Climate Science

July 05, 2017

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:

Eman Ghanem
Director of Membership, Chapters, and Programs
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society or 800-243-6534 ext. 212

GIARlogo for homepageRESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. ― Undergraduate and graduate students studying climate science have a new opportunity to receive funding for their research. The Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program from Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is in the process of adding climate science to the list of disciplines that it will support. GIAR will start accepting applications for the new category in the Fall 2017 cycle. The application for that cycle has been posted online. The deadline to apply is October 1. 

“Sigma Xi recognizes that climate change is a critical, interdisciplinary issue that has important scientific as well as societal implications,” said Peter J. Harries, chair of the GIAR Committee. “This importance is the crux of the Society’s support for up-and-coming researchers who are pursuing research in the myriad disciplines that enhance our understanding of the topic. By adding this new category to the grants program, we aim to promote the continued development of this growing field.” 

The grants may be used to help students pay for travel expenses to and from a research site or for the purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment that is necessary to complete their project. The GIAR program awarded 150 grants totaling $120,354 to students in its latest cycle

The new climate science category is related to an upcoming event that Sigma Xi will host on November 10 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Symposium on Atmospheric Chemistry, Climate, and Health will feature five researchers discussing climate change and its impacts on global and human health. The event will be followed by Sigma Xi’s Student Research Conference on November 11. 

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