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

May 25, 2021


On May 18th, Sigma Xi installed its newest chapter at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. The ceremony was held in-person and presided over by Sigma Xi President-elect Robert Pennock. It was a celebration of the new chapter’s officers, members, and commitment to growth and advancement of the university’s research enterprise. 

Professor & Associate Dean for Research John C. Mitchell spearheaded the efforts of the university in its petition to form the new chapter. He will lead a group of 19 founding members through the initial years of the chapter’s development. 


As a medical and health sciences institution, Midwestern has a strong record of student/faculty collaborative research. Its low student-to-faculty ratio allows for a high level of mentoring and tutoring. The university is also well-known for its public outreach programs. Mitchell anticipates that the new Sigma Xi chapter will enhance and support this collaborative research, promote collegiality among fellow scientists, and provide a prestigious venue for presentation of science topics to both the institution and the public.

The founding members presented a three-year plan of activities for the new chapter that includes recurring meetings, sponsorship initiatives, Science Café lectures, promotional events, and participation in the Sigma Xi annual meetings. The in-person ceremony included election of officers, a networking dinner, and a presentation of the official charter upon installation of the new chapter.


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