Sigma Xi Awards Student Research Grants for Fall 2021 Cycle

December 23, 2021


GAIR_noHyphens_1200RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NORTH CAROLINA – Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is pleased to announce the awarding of 110 student research grants for the Fall 2021 cycle of its Grants in Aid of Research (GIAR) program. Since 1922, the Society’s GIAR program has been funding research for undergraduate and graduate students, and currently awards grants biannually in the fall and spring.

This year’s Committee on Grants in Aid of Research, along with a panel of guest reviewers, evaluated 712 applications across most research disciplines. Chaired by Drew Coleman of the University of North Carolina, the committee awarded grants to 24 undergraduate students, 25 master’s students, and 61 doctoral students. Grant amounts ranged from $300–$4000 and a total of $99,000 was awarded.

  • Visit the GIAR Recipients page to view the names and research projects of the Fall 2021 awardees.
  • Visit the Faces of GIAR page to read follow-up stories of past recipients.
  • Learn more about the program, including how to apply for the Spring 2022 cycle, by visiting

The GIAR program is made possible thanks to designated funds from Sigma Xi members, the National Academy of Sciences, and the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind and Vision Impaired. Sigma Xi thanks the following committee members and volunteers who took part in the spring 2021 grant application review process:

Asem Abdulahad, Xavier University of Louisiana
Kunal Ajmera, Calvert Health Medical Center
Joseph Akkara, National Science Foundation (Retired)
Heather Arnett, University of Charleston
Stephanie Bingham, Barry University
Drew Coleman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jose Crespo, Salt Lake Community College
Kelly Crowe, Mount St. Joseph University
Shawn Ellerbroek, Wartburg College
Meredith Frazier, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Eman Ghanem, Duke University
Peter Harries, North Carolina State University
Cassandra Hayne, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
David Holler, North Carolina State University
Catherine Jahncke, St. Lawrence University
Michael Lares, University of Mary
Cecil McManus, PROBE Consulting Company
John Millhauser, North Carolina State University
Timothy Ng, University of Maryland, College Park
Sheik Pran Babu Sardar Pasha, University of California, Davis
Ann Paterson, Williams Baptist College
Padhu Pattabiraman, Indiana University School of Medicine
Emma Perry, University of Maine
Megan Perry, East Carolina University
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

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