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.

  • 2019 October Madness: Drawing Winner

    by User Not Found | Oct 15, 2019
    The winner of a free year of Sigma Xi membership dues or a year in the Sigma Xi Affiliate Circle is announced.
  • Proposed Changes to Science Education, and What You Can Do About Them

    by Jamie Vernon | Oct 15, 2019
    Protect science education
    State and local legislators across the United States are threatening science education and alarming teachers by pursuing legislation that challenges fundamental scientific concepts, such as evolution and climate science.
  • 2019 October Madness: Announcement of Champions

    by User Not Found | Oct 03, 2019
    2019 Bracket Results Physiology or Medicine
    The people have spoken about who they predict will win the 2019 Nobel Prizes in chemistry, physics, and physiology or medicine!
  • 2019 October Madness: The Finals

    by User Not Found | Oct 01, 2019
    We're down to the finals of Sigma Xi's Nobel Prize prediction contest, October Madness! Vote through October 3 to pick our champions.
  • The Catalyst for Interdisciplinary Research

    by Jamie Vernon | Sep 25, 2019
    2018 Student Poster Session
    Recent emphasis on interdisciplinary research by funders, editors, and policymakers has ignited discussions about the challenges and opportunities of interdisciplinarity. All recognize that interdisciplinarity promotes integrative knowledge and innovation. This presents an opportunity for Sigma Xi's multidisciplinary membership to inspire and support interdisciplinary collaborations.
  • 2019 October Madness: Final 4

    by User Not Found | Sep 25, 2019
    2019 Final Four Bracket Chemistry
    We're down to the Final 4 of Sigma Xi's Nobel Prize prediction contest, October Madness! Vote to make sure your top picks make it to the finals.
  • 2019 October Madness: Elite 8

    by User Not Found | Sep 20, 2019
    Voting is open for the 2019 Nobel Prize prediction contest, October Madness! Voting for this round is open through September 24.
  • Call for Nominations: October Madness 2019

    by User Not Found | Sep 11, 2019
    Champion Bracket Physics 2018
    Sigma Xi's Nobel Prize prediction contest is back and needs your nominations by September 18, 2019!
  • Overcoming Politics and Misconduct to Build Public Trust in Science

    by Jamie Vernon | Aug 28, 2019
    Ethics Word Cloud
    Sigma Xi Executive Director and CEO Jamie Vernon shares his insights about a new report on the American public’s trust in scientists, and areas of opportunity for organizations like Sigma Xi to build public trust. We're ready to move forward: the Board of Directors has approved the establishment of the Committee on Scientific Conduct and Professional Ethics.
  • Advice for Poster Presentations

    by User Not Found | Aug 12, 2019
    2018 Student Research Conference Presenter
    Sigma Xi members in The Lab online community recently shared advice for students giving their first research poster presentation.
  • Chesapeake Chapter Tradition Supports High School Students

    by User Not Found | Jul 29, 2019
    Jayce Turner and Michael Simini
    When Jayce Turner receives his high school diploma next year, he will wear the Sigma Xi blue and white graduation cords around his neck, a sign of support from the world’s largest scientific and engineering research honor society.
  • 6 Ways to Improve Your Leadership Skills for Research

    by Jamie Vernon | Jul 16, 2019
    Geese in formation-someone has to lead!
    As scientists and engineers, we tend to already be a group of quick learners, creative thinkers, and persistent problem solvers, but there is something else that can make each of us a more valuable and effective researcher: leadership skills.
  • Three Things Sigma Xi Can Do for You

    by Jamie Vernon | Jun 18, 2019
    Three Things Sigma Xi Can Do for You
    The honor of your nomination to Sigma Xi membership is just the beginning of what Sigma Xi can do for you.
  • How Do We Define Research Excellence?

    by Jamie Vernon | May 21, 2019
    Membership Certificate
    As an honor society, Sigma Xi welcomes scientists and engineers as new members to recognize their excellence, or their potential to conduct excellent research. But, how should we define research excellence? And, what’s the point?
  • 10 Key Findings from the IPBES Global Assessment

    by Sigma Xi Staff | May 15, 2019
    Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep, an endangered species
    Last week, a report from the United Nations gave precise detail about how nature and its critical contributions to people are deteriorating worldwide.
  • Shutdown Story: NSF Graduate Fellowship Program Reviewer's Concerns

    by User Not Found | Mar 11, 2019
    Office Desk
    A member serving as an application reviewer for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program has raised concerns about the consequences to the program from the 2018–2019 government shutdown.
  • Government Shutdowns Hurt Science

    by Jamie Vernon | Feb 05, 2019
    Jamie L. Vernon
    Sigma Xi is sending a letter to Congress and the White House to encourage them to do what is necessary to avoid another government shutdown.
  • The Spirit of Giving Science

    by Jamie Vernon | Dec 20, 2018
    Jamie Vernon
    In his December message, Sigma Xi Executive Director and CEO Jamie Vernon reflects on the year's research accomplishments and member accomplishments.
  • Sigma Xi Members Hold the Key

    by Jamie Vernon | Nov 28, 2018
    Hold the Key Video
    In his November message to members, Executive Director and CEO Jamie Vernon explains the significance of the Sigma Xi key and invites all members to extend the honor of membership and the key of Sigma Xi to all who embody the qualities sought in our fellow companions, including dedication to research excellence and integrity.
  • 2018 October Madness: Raffle Winner

    by User Not Found | Oct 05, 2018
    Empty October Madness Circle
    The winner of a free year of Sigma Xi membership dues or a year in the Sigma Xi Affiliate Circle is announced as the conclusion of the 2018 run of October Madness, the Nobel Prize prediction contest.

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