Sigma Xi Awards Research Grants to Students in Fall 2020 Cycle

December 23, 2020

Grants-in-Aid of ResearchThe 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 682 applications for research funding that were received by the October 1, 2020, deadline and selected 101 students to receive grants.

Collectively, the students received $107,549. The committee, chaired by Peter J. Harries of North Carolina State University, selected 17 undergraduate students, 22 master’s students, and 62 doctoral candidates to receive grants. The awardees are from 33 states as well as two countries. They represent 15 percent of the applications received. The average grant was worth $1,000.

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, 2021. 

The grants are made possible thanks to designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences and donations. 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 2020 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)
William Belcher, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Stephanie Bingham, Barry University*
Indrajit Chowdhury, Morehouse School of Medicine
Mayur Choudhary, Duke University
Drew Coleman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill*
Jose Crespo, Salt Lake Community College
Kelly Crowe, Mount St. Joseph University
Farah Eghlim- Irani, South Florida Water Management District
Shawn Ellerbroek, Wartburg College*
Meredith Frazier, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Eman Ghanem, Sigma Xi
Michaeleen Golay, Wartburg College
Cassandra Hayne, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
David Holler, North Carolina State University
Catherine Jahncke, St. Lawrence University
Michael Just, North Carolina State University
Vijay Kowtha, MASER, Inc.
Michael Just, North Carolina State University
Michael Lares, University of Mary
Patrice Ludwig, James Madison University
Cecil McManus, PROBE Consulting Company*
John Millhauser, North Carolina State University
Timothy Ng, University of Maryland, College Park
Ann Paterson, Williams Baptist College
Padhu Pattabiraman, Indiana University School of Medicine
Vivek Samu, North Carolina State University
Joanne Tillotson, State University of New York at Purchase (Retired)*
Tuan Tran, East Carolina University
Peter Zani, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
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.


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