Sigma Xi Awards Research Grants to Students in Fall 2019 Cycle

January 07, 2020


The Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research (GIAR) program has been funding research by undergraduate and graduate students since 1922. The Committee on Grants in Aid of Research reviewed 765 applications for research funding that were received by the October 1, 2019, deadline and selected 95 students to receive grants. Collectively, the students received $99,811. The committee, chaired by Peter J. Harries of North Carolina State University, selected 21 undergraduate students, 17 master’s students, and 57 doctoral candidates to receive grants. The awardees are from 33 states as well as Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Nigeria, and Spain. They represent 12 percent of the applications received. The average grant was worth $1,050.

The list of recipients is available. 

Students may apply for funding from the program twice each year at Applications are reviewed twice each year. The next application deadline is March 15. 

The grants are made possible thanks to designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences and donations. The Society recently received two gifts to support more underrepresented minorities and women in research through grants: a $10,000 gift from the late Joseph E. Kist to be distributed as grants through Sigma Xi Chapters to support women in computational science, and $10,000 from the Ruby K. Worner Foundation to serve underrepresented minorities and women in research directly through the GIAR program. 

To donate to GIAR to support student research, go to

To see stories of past recipients, visit

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

Peter Harries (Chair), North Carolina State University*
Asem Abdulahad, Xavier University of Louisiana
Joseph Akkara, National Science Foundation (Retired)
Roger Anderson, Western Washington University
Heather Arnett, University of Charleston
Stephanie Bingham, Barry University*
Mayur Choudhary, Duke University
Drew Coleman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill*
Jose Crespo, Salt Lake Community College
Shawn Ellerbroek, Wartburg College*
Eman Ghanem, Sigma Xi
Michaeleen Golay, Wartburg College
Cassandra Hayne, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Car Ho Hoi Yi, North Carolina State University
David Holler, North Carolina State University
Catherine Jahncke, St. Lawrence University
Michael Just, North Carolina State University
Michael Lares, University of Mary
Patrice Ludwig, James Madison University
Stephen McMann, Williams Baptist College
Cecil McManus, PROBE Consulting Company*
Lisa Paciulli, North Carolina State University
Sheik Pasha, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Ann Paterson, Williams Baptist College
Megan Perry, East Carolina University
Urmimala Raychaudhuri, Duke University
Vivek Samu, North Carolina State University
Salahuddin Syed, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Joanne Tillotson, State University of New York at Purchase (Retired)*
Tuan Tran, East Carolina University
Peter Zani, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Xinru Wang, University of Arizona
Ray Williams, Appalachian State University
Ann Yerzerski, King’s College*
Ruda Zhang, North Carolina State University
Brenna Zimmer, North Carolina State University

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


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