Bring a Distinguished Lecturer to Your Chapter

February 28, 2018

YiLu2Sigma Xi chapters can bring lecturers who are on the leading edge of science to their area and receive financial support to do so. Chapters can apply for a subsidy to help cover the costs of hosting a distinguished lecturer. The application deadline is March 1, 2018, to receive funds in time for a lecturer visit between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019. Apply online at

The Committee on Lectureships decides which chapters receive the subsidy and gives priority to those that show evidence that the lecture will provide the greatest possible benefit. Committee members review the applying chapter’s location, budget, institution size, and opportunity to coordinate the visit with other chapters. The committee typically announces funding decisions in May. 

The current cohort of lecturers can speak to a range of topics including how to build a sustainable future, improve diversity in research, understand the biology of HIV protein assemblies, or learn about space-time. See the list of 2018–2019 lecturers at

Distinguished lecturers are also featured in online talks that are free, interactive, open to the public, and moderated by American Scientist editors. The 2018 schedule will be available soon. Recordings of past talks are available at

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