Welcome to Keyed In, the blog of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society. This will be the go-to place for Sigma Xi members and others to learn about what’s happening in the science and engineering industry. We will share thoughts and perspectives related to Sigma Xi’s mission, including ideas that deal with the health of the research enterprise, integrity in science and engineering, and public understanding of science, as they contribute to improving the human condition. We will give updates about the remarkable work conducted by Sigma Xi chapters, which are spread across the globe. We will report on trends in research and anticipate where the industry is going. And, we will offer advice to young scientists and engineers. Our ultimate goal is to provide useful information that will lead to a more connected and more effective research community.

  • My Experience at the USA Science & Engineering Festival

    by Heather Thorstensen | Apr 28, 2016
    This is a guest post by Sigma Xi member Thorsen Wehr: Recently I had the honor of representing Sigma Xi as a student researcher at the USA Science & Engineering Festival's X-STEM event in Washington, D.C.! I learned just how engaged these students really are about science.
  • How to Engage More African Americans in STEM

    by Heather Thorstensen | Feb 26, 2016
    Watch a recording of this panel discussion, as well as a collection of Twitter posts that were published during the live broadcast.
  • Communication, Literacy, Policy: Thoughts on SciComm in a Democracy

    by Heather Thorstensen | Sep 03, 2015
    In this guest post, Rick Borchelt explains why he thinks conferences about how to improve science communication are often (almost always) … um, kind of pointless. Borchelt is the communications director for science at the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • Why Sigma Xi Needed to Participate in Women’s History Month

    by Heather Thorstensen | May 15, 2015
    “Sigma Xi supports women in STEM”—that was the tagline you saw, placed beneath quotes from six Sigma Xi female members, on the Society’s social media accounts in March. Why did the Society need to participate in Women’s History Month?

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