Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society Installs New Chapter at Whitworth University

May 07, 2021


On May 5th, Sigma Xi installed its newest chapter at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. The ceremony was held virtually and presided over by Sigma Xi President Sonya Smith. It was a celebration of the new chapter’s officers, members, and commitment to growth and advancement of the University’s research enterprise. 

Professor Aaron Putzke of the Whitworth University Department of Biology leads a group of ten founding members for the new chapter consisting of faculty hailing from disciplines including biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, psychology, communications, English, and education. In establishing the new chapter, the founders presented a three-year plan that includes recurring meetings, sponsorship initiatives, outreach, promotional events, and a STEAM Café lecture series.

“We have been working hard to build our undergraduate research culture and know that starting a Sigma Xi chapter on our campus is a great way to expand on what we’re striving toward,” said Putzke. “The opportunity to expand our network, bring high profile speakers to our campus, and present students with new grant opportunities for research and travel funds, will strengthen and enhance our undergraduate research program. We look forward to growing our chapter and contributing to the outstanding reputation of Sigma Xi.”

The overall strategy of the founding members is to fully engage faculty and students who are carrying out different types of scholarly research across Whitworth’s campus. The new Sigma Xi chapter will enhance and support faculty and student research, promote collegiality among fellow scientists, and provide a prestigious venue for presentation of science topics to both the institution and 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