Seven Tracks to Explore at the Annual Meeting

August 12, 2019

Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference logoFeaturing a wide variety of session topics, the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference on November 14–17, 2019, in Madison, Wisconsin, is the place to be for professional and student researchers. The following is a partial list of sessions; see the full schedule at

  1. Our Changing Global Environment Symposia: Life and Health Track

    "Challenges of Developing New  Vaccines for Neglected Tropical  Diseases” by Peter Hotez, Baylor  College of Medicine

  2. Our Changing Global Environment Symposia: Water Track

    Mapping the  U.S. Food–Energy– Water Nexus at  the Mesoscale”  by Richard Rushforth, Northern Arizona University

  3. Our Changing Global Environment Symposia: Energy Track

    On the Road to Sustainable  Production of Fuels and Chemicals from Biomass” by Tim Donohue, University  of Wisconsin–Madison

  4. Research Enterprise and Professional Development Track

    Transitioning from a Technical Mindset to a Technical Leader Mindset” by Dennis Hess, Georgia Institute of Technology

  5. Sigma Xi Chapter Development Track

    Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees: Chapter Finances” by Sigma Xi staff and chapter leaders

  6. Research Ethics Track

    Ethical Issues in Conducting Field Research” by Richard Miller, Texas A&M University–Kingsville 

  7. Science Communication, Education,  and Public Engagement Track

    Principles of Slides-Based Talks” by Darcy Gentleman,  DJG Communications, LLC

Also Featuring

Award Winners to Speak at the Annual Meeting


Walston Chubb Award for Innovation

Esther Takeuchi
Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory
For innovative contributions to the science of batteries and the development of batterypowered implantable cardiac defibrillators

Ariana Sutton-Grier

Young Investigator Award

Ariana Sutton-Grier
University of Maryland, College Park
For combining natural and social science to provide  federal policy and decision support for coastal ecosystems and human communities facing multiple environmental threats

Ashanti Johnson

John P. McGovern Science and Society Award

Ashanti Johnson
Fort Valley State University
For activities that facilitate research and science-related professional development experiences for students representing diverse socioeconomic, cultural, gender, racial, and academic backgrounds

Ben Santer

William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement

Ben Santer
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
For leadership in the scientific community in regard to presenting evidence of human influence on global climate change and for efforts to share climate research with the public

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