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 streamersOur Spring Poster Event took place on Monday, 9 April in the SIU Student Center!! Winners are listed on our Awards page!

Also, we will have our Spring Sigma Xi Banquet on April25th, 5:30-9:30, at Hunan restaurant! Send in your reply and check to reserve a place!


Congratulations to the winners of a Sigma Xi award for Outstanding Regional Science Fair projects: Meagan Douthett. Unity Point, Outstanding Life Science Project, and Adelaide Garvey. Unity Point, Outstanding Physical Science Project!!!


GlassThanks to everyone who attended our last Science by the Glass on Wednesday, March 28th, 5:30-6:30 at Hanger 9, with discussion led by Dr. Michael Hylin, department of Psychology! We had a scintillating conversation and scientific fun talking about Neuroscience and microbiology: The gut-brain axis and its relationship with the microbiome! Our next Science by the Cup will be held on Wednesday, April 25th, at 1:00, at the Starbuck's at the Student Center, with a discussion on de novo genome assembly.



Public Lectures Sponsored by Sigma Xi for Spring 2018:

·     15 February 2018, Darwin Week Lecture

                                   Dr. Jonathan Losos, William H. Danforth Distinguished University Professor

                                                Professor, Washington University St. Louis

                                                Director, Living Earth Collaborative

                                               Public Lecture: Lecture Topic – Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution

Time and Place –7:30 pm, Lesar Law School Auditorium

Reception and book signing immediately following lecture.

Go to for more information about Darwin Week events


·      22 February 2018, Science Cafe

                                   Dr. Michael Hylin, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, SIUC

                                               Lecture Topic: Changing Brains:  How the Brain Develops and Interacts with Growth and Experience. 

Dr. Hylin, will discuss changes to the brain during growth and in response to environmental factors, and how these changes are essential for development and the formation of memories

Time and Place –7:00 pm, The Science Center at the University Mall


·      21 March 2018, National Sigma Xi Lecture

                                   Dr. Carlo Segre , Duchossois Leadership Professor of Physics, Illinois Institute of Technology

                                               Sigma Xi North Central Director

Lecture Topic – Nanoelectrofuel Flow Batteries for Transportation: How to Start a Battery Company

Time and Place –1:00 - 3:00, Life Sciences III Auditorium, lecture plus discussion


·      23 March 2018, Brain Awareness Month Lecture

                                   Dr. Jonathan Hammersley, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Western Illinois University

                                               Lecture Topic –Using Archival Data to Examine Mental Health and Substance Use in College Students

Time and Place –3:00 pm, Life Sciences III Auditorium, room 1059

Reception immediately following lecture in the Morris Library

Click here for more information about Brain Awareness Month


·      30 March 2018

                                   SMART Cannabis Education Series

                                               Lecture Topic – Learn about hemp and medical cannabis in Illinois

Time and Place –5:00 pm, Student Center Auditorium



*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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