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! Your votes this week are more important than ever because you can help your top picks become October Madness champions! And, your votes make you eligible for a raffle to win a prize. 

The prize is a Sigma Xi pad-folio, Sigma Xi button, and a copy of American Scientist's  special September–October issue, "The Future of Water." If you wish to participate in the raffle, enter your name and email address on the voting forms. You may enter up to three times, once per vote in each of the three categories: Chemistry, Physics, and Physiology or Medicine.

The Prize 

Raffle Prize

Voting Deadline

Voting is open until October 3, 2019, at 11:59 a.m. Pacific Time.


Who Could Win the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry? Vote Now!

2019 Final Bracket Chemistry

The final chemistry match-up is:

Jennifer Doudna, for her co-discovery of CRISPR-Cas9 genetic engineering technology


John Goodenough, for the discovery of the Li-Co-O battery material


Who Could Win the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics? Vote Now!

2019 Final Bracket Physics

The final physics match-up is:

Edward Stone (and the Voyager team), for heading the Voyager I/II missions, which have explored all of the outer planets and are now cruising interstellar space (the first human-made objects to do so).*


Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, for discovery of first radio pulsars

*There was a tie between Edward Stone and David Nyguen. Edward Stone advanced from having more votes than David Nyguen in the previous round. 

Physiology or Medicine

Who Could Win the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine? Vote Now!

2019 Final Bracket Physiology or Medicine

The final physiology or medicine match-up is:

Joseph Schlessinger, for working out pathways of signaling from receptor tyrosine kinases


Mary-Claire King, for the discovery of the “breast cancer gene”

What Happens Next?

Results for the brackets and the raffle prize winner will be announced here on Keyed In and Sigma Xi's social media on October 3. Good luck!

October Madness is not affiliated with the Nobel Prize. 

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