Chapter Award Finalists and Top Electing Chapters

October 16, 2019

Media Contact:

Heather Thorstensen
Manager of Communications
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society or (919) 549-4691 ext. 216

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC—Finalists for the 2018–2019 Sigma Xi chapter awards have been selected. The finalists are chosen by regional and constituency directors based on information in the chapters’ annual reports. Award winners are selected by the Committee on Qualifications and Membership and will be announced at the 120th Assembly of Delegates on November 14, 2019, in Madison, Wisconsin.

Chapter of Excellence Finalists

Chapter of Excellence Awards are bestowed on chapters for exceptional chapter activity, innovative programming, and true community leadership.

  • Barry University
  • Boise State University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Greenbrier Valley
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • North Shore
  • Ohio State University
  • Ohio University
  • Research Triangle Park
  • Saint Joseph's University
  • State University of New York at Oswego
  • Virginia Tech

Chapter Program of Excellence Finalists

Chapter Program of Excellence Awards are bestowed on chapters that organized and/or hosted a single outstanding program.  

  • Boise State University for hosting an information and recruitment table at an undergraduate research conference
  • Brown University for hosting induction ceremonies with three institutions
  • Carnegie Mellon University for providing a science teacher award
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for their booth at the Atlanta Science Festival and their young investigators lecture series
  • Charleston for Darwin Week activities and Darwin Day activities
  • Columbia-Willamette for their visiting lecturer program and wine tasting event to support a student travel fund
  • Georgia Institute of Technology for hosting the Sigma Xi Monie A. Ferst Award Symposium in honor of 2018 recipient Carol A. Fierke
  • Naval Research Laboratory-Edison for their postdoctoral poster session
  • Research Triangle Park for their Science Café and chapter networking event
  • Rice University-Texas Medical Center for their biomaterials lab tour and DNA Day activities
  • Saint Louis University for the SLU Sigma Xi Research Symposium and student poster symposium
  • Southern Illinois University–Carbondale for their big data seminar series
  • Virginia Tech for outreach to high school students
  • Western Connecticut State University for hosting a resume writing workshop
  • Woods Hole for mentoring junior high school students for science fair projects and for their ethics program

Top Electing Chapters

The following chapters are recognized by Sigma Xi for initiating the most new members in 2018–2019.

Overall Top Three

  1. Brown University
  2. Fordham University
  3. Princeton

Top Electing Chapters by Constituency


Area Groups, Industries, State, and Federal Laboratories Constituency

  1. Delta
  2. Vermont

Baccalaureate Colleges Constituency

  1. Carleton College
  2. Swarthmore College

Comprehensive Colleges & Universities Constituency

  1. Saint Joseph's University
  2. Manhattan College

Research and Doctoral Universities Constituency

  1. Brown University
  2. Fordham University

Canadian/International Constituency Group

  1. University of Alberta


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