Welcome to the home page of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chapter of Sigma Xi. Sigma Xi is an honor society for science and engineering researchers. Today, it is an international society whose programs and activities promote science and honor scientific achievement. Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is the location of the international headquarters (Tel: 800-243-6534). The society publishes American Scientist, an award-winning magazine. Each issue features illustrated articles on a broad variety of topics, including biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, computing, psychology, anthropology, mathematics, and technology.




To become a Sigma Xi member, complete this nomination form (note: form link is at the middle of the page at this link), have 2 Sigma Xi Full members sign it, and turn it in to Dr. Justin Schoof, Sigma Xi Secretary. Please be sure to send a copy of your cv with your application!


Please see this flyer for information about some of the advantages of joining your SIUC Sigma Xi organization!!




Image result for congratulations streamersWe will have our Fall Sigma Xi Breakfast on October 19th, 8:30 - 10:00 am, in the 3rd floor Rotunda room in Morris Library! Please join us for our annual get together to chat with fellow scientists, enjoy some breakfast, and possibly recruit new members!


GlassOur next Science By the Glass will take place on Thursday, November 9th, at Hanger 9! Join us for scintillating conversation with Dr. Frank Anderson and scientific fun! Click here for the flyer.



Public Lectures Sponsored by Sigma Xi for Fall 2017:

·     19 October 2017

                                   Dr. Omowunmi "Wunmi" Sadik, Sigma Xi Distinguised Lecturer

                                                Professor of Chemistry & Jefferson Science Fellow 2017-2018

                                                Director, Center for Research in Advanced Sensing Technologies & Environmental Sustainability (CREATES)

                                               Public Lecture: Lecture Topic – Can your iPhone check if your food is safe? - Nanosensors for rapid detection of food pathogens

Time and Place –7:00 pm, Lesar 120 (Law School Auditorium)


In addition, Dr. Sadik will present a scientific lecture at 4:00 in Engineering room 111 entitled "Directional Templating of Anisotropic Nanoparticles using Poly (pyromellitic dianhydride-p-phenylene diamine)" with a reception following the lecture.


·      25 October 2017

                                   Dr. Jorge Chan


Lecture Topic – The science gap

Time and Place –3:00 PM, Guyon Auditorium, Morris Library


Lecture Topic – Workshop for graduate students: Communicating Your Research

Time and Place –4:00 PM, Morris Library Room 753-754. Limited space available; please contact Scott Hamilton-Brehm (453-3818, if you're interested!



·      3 November 2017

                                   Dr. Steven Quiring

                                                Professor, Department of Geography, Ohio State University

Lecture Topic – Modeling the impact of hurricanes on electrical power systems: Lessons learned from Harvey and Irma

Time and Place –2:00 PM, Guyon Auditorium, Morris Library


·      November 2017

                                   Dr. Qiang Cheng

                                               Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Illinois Chicago

Lecture Topic – Pattern recognition and emotional movement analysis

Time and Place –TBA



*What is Sigma Xi?

*Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chapter

*Awards, Grants, and Programs

*Home Page of the Society

*Links of Interest



Sigma Xi -- The Scientific Research Society

Sigma Xi was founded in 1886 as an honor society for science and engineering. The name "Sigma Xi" (pronounced 'zi') stands for "Spoudon Xynones" -- Companions in Zealous Research. Today, it is an international research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement. There are nearly 90,000 Sigma Xi members in more than 500 chapters at colleges and universities, industrial research centers, and government laboratories. For information about our local awards, click here.

In addition to honoring scientific achievement, Sigma Xi also endeavors to encourage support of original work in science and technology and promote an appreciation within society at large for the role research has played in human progress. During its centennial celebration in 1986, Sigma Xi adopted an additional mission: to foster worldwide interactions among science, technology, and society.

Membership in Sigma Xi is by invitation. Those who have shown potential as researchers are invited to join as associate members. Full membership is conferred upon those who have demonstrated noteworthy achievements in research. Each year the Society initiates more than 5,000 new members. Over the course of the Society's distinguished history, more than 170 members have won the Nobel Prize and many more have earned election to the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering.

Election to Sigma Xi is for life, and acceptance of membership carries certain obligations. The Bylaws of the Society require that each Member-elect and Associate Member-elect must assent, either orally or in writing, to the Pledge of the Society: "I hereby pledge myself, in accordance with the purposes and objectives of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, to foster companionship and cooperation among scientists, to maintain honor, integrity, and honesty in all scientific activities, and to assume the other continuing responsibilities of membership." One of the best ways to fulfill these obligations is through active membership in the Society, including payment of annual dues, participation in chapter or club activities, and recommendation of qualified individuals for membership.

A special centennial issue of AMERICAN SCIENTIST (September-October 1986) describes the Society's history.


The Local Chapter


Sigma Xi was established at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 1957. At first it was recognized as a club; then, after a period of successful operation, a formal petition for chapter status was presented to the Society. All aspects of the University's educational and research program in basic and applied sciences were scrutinized and viewed favorably. Chapter status was granted in 1966. Today there are approximately 150 active members in the Chapter. In guiding the Society's activities, the Executive Committee (officers and immediate past-president) follows established Chapter Bylaws. Elected positions are chapter officers and the Committee on Admissions; committees appointed by the President are the Nominating Committee, Kaplan Award Committee, and the Endowed Speaker Program Committee.

2016 officers, 2016 Banquet (l to r): Agustin Jimenez, Justin Schoof (missing are Karen Renzaglia, Lisabeth DiLalla, Stephen Ebbs):

Click here to see old officer photos...2016Officers




The Committee on Admissions consists of the chapter President as chair, the President-Elect as recorder (ex officio without vote), and six members elected for staggered three-year terms.

·         Term of 2015-2018:

Ulrich Reichard -- Anthropology (4502), Office: Agriculture Bldg, Room 4430, Tel: 453-5022, E-mail:

Kurt Neubig -- Plant Biology (6509), Office: Life Sciences III, Room 1004, Tel: 618-453-3823, E-mail:

·         Term of 2016-2019:

Justin Filiberto -- Geology (4324), Office: 203 Parkinson Lab, Tel: 618-453-4849, E-mail:

Alessandro Catenazzi -- Zoology (6501), Office: Life Sciences II, Room 326, Tel: 618-453-4109, E-mail:

·         Term of 2017-2020:

David Gibson -- Plant Biology (6509), Office: 405 Life Sciences II, Tel: 618-453-3231, E-mail:

Rasit Koc -- Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes Engineering (6603), Office: E27 Engineering E, Tel: 618-453-7011, E-mail:

·         Student Member, Term of 2017-2018:

Lindsey Roberts -- Anthropology (4502), E-mail:




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