A New Award Will Debut at the Student Research Showcase

February 12, 2019

Media Contact:
Heather Thorstensen
Manager of Communications
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society
hthorstensen@sigmaxi.org or (919) 549-4691 ext. 216

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC—The Student Research Showcase (SRS) will debut a new award in 2019 that will give participating science and engineering students the chance to win double the prize money than they could before. 

Traditionally, winners from the high school, undergraduate school, and graduate school divisions have won awards of up to $500 each but starting this year one of the three division winners will also be named the overall top presenter, an honor that comes with an additional $500 prize. 

“The new prize will hopefully encourage more students to participate and learn how to effectively communicate scientific findings,” said Janelle Simmons, manager of programs for Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, which hosts the competition. “Sigma Xi is committed to helping students develop these skills so that they can become the next generation of researchers and support the public’s understanding of science.”

The online contest challenges students to create a website containing a research abstract, slideshow, and video about their research. Each element has a designated audience in mind so students must tailor their presentations based on an audience’s knowledge about their topic. 

Students who wish to participate should submit a research abstract via www.sigmaxi.org/srs by February 22 for approval. Approved students will have through March 22 to register and submit websites. Qualified Sigma Xi members will volunteer as judges April 15–April 29 and provide feedback to participants. Award winners will be announced on May 6. A public vote after the competition ends selects one student for a $250 People’s Choice Award.


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. www.sigmaxi.org. On Twitter: @SigmaXiSociety