Sigma Xi Awards Research Grants to Students in Spring 2019 Cycle

June 04, 2019

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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. Last week, 143 students who applied by the March 15, 2019, deadline learned that their proposals were accepted. Collectively, the students received $137,984. The Committee on Grants in Aid of Research, chaired by Peter J. Harries of North Carolina State University, selected 26 undergraduate students, 33 master’s students, and 84 doctoral candidates to receive grants. The awardees are from 35 states as well as Canada, Brazil, and Australia. 

The list of recipients is available. 

Students may apply for funding from the program twice each year at The next application deadline is October 1. The grants are made possible by designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences and from donations. Thirteen percent of the 1,126 grant applications received in the spring 2019 cycle were funded and the average grant was worth $964. More grants could be awarded in future cycles if more donations are received. 

To donate to GIAR, go to

Sigma Xi thanks the following people who reviewed grant applications in the spring 2019 cycle. 

Peter Harries (Chair), North Carolina State University*
Asem Abdulahad, Xavier University of Louisiana
Joseph Akkara, National Science Foundation (Retired)
Advait Apte, Virginia Retirement System (VRS)
Sudharshana Apte, Altria Client Services*
Heather Arnett, University of Charleston
Stephanie Bingham, Barry University*
Mayur Choudhary, Duke University
Drew Coleman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill*
Shawn Ellerbroek, Wartburg College*
Eman Ghanem, Sigma Xi
Michael Just, North Carolina State University
Michael Lares, University of Mary
Stephen McMann, Williams Baptist College
Cecil McManus, PROBE Consulting Company*
John Millhauser, North Carolina State University
Timothy Ng, University of Maryland, College Park
Ann Paterson, Williams Baptist College
Emma Perry, Unity College*
Megan Perry, East Carolina University
Patrice Ludwig, James Madison University
Tuan Tran, East Carolina University
Matthew Piscitelli, The Field Museum
Lisa Paciulli, North Carolina State University
Michaeleen Golay, Wartburg College
Laura Habegger, University of South Florida
Roger Anderson, Western Washington University
Santosh Mishra, North Carolina State University
Urmimala Raychaudhuri, Duke University
Jayshree Chandler, Family and Community Medicine; Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Paul Fletcher, East Carolina University
Chantal Reid, Duke University 
Ann Yerzerski, King’s College*
Peter Zani, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

*These reviewers are members of Sigma Xi's Committee on Grants in Aid of Research.

A word cloud comprised of some of the student projects that Sigma Xi's Grants-in-Aid of Research program will fund in its spring 2018 cycle. Word cloud courtesy of

A word cloud comprised of some of the student projects that Sigma Xi's Grants-in-Aid of Research program will fund in its spring 2018 cycle. Word cloud courtesy of

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