2021 October Madness: The Finals

by Janelle Simmons | Sep 28, 2021

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! 

Voting is open until September 30, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

Chemistry: Vote Now

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The final chemistry match-up is:

Omar M. Yaghi and Makoto Fujita, for the development of metal-organic frameworks/coordination polymers and reticular chemistry; for pioneering reticular chemistry


Carolyn Bertozzi, for founding bio-orthogonal chemistry, and applying this novel chemistry to install artificial sugars on the surface of living cells, enabling the study of their roles in cancer and the immune system.

Physics: Vote Now

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The final physics match-up is:

Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, for her work on the discovery of pulsars, one of the major astronomical discoveries of the 20th century


Michal Lipson, for her pioneering research that established the groundwork for silicon photonics 

Physiology or Medicine: Vote Now

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The final physiology or medicine match-up is:

Mary-Claire King, for the discovery of BRCA1 Linkage and confirmation of an inherited risk of cancer


Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman, for the idea to harness the power of mRNA to fight disease and the discovery and commercialization of mRNA vaccines

What Happens Next?

Results for the brackets will be announced here on Keyed In and Sigma Xi's social media on October 1. Good luck!

October Madness is not affiliated with the Nobel Prize. 

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