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!!




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CONGRATULATIONS to our President-Elect, Dr. Matt Young, who has just published a paper based on his work with Dr. Laurent Brard (Obstetrics & Gynecology) and the Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) Team Science Grant (TSG):!


Also, in 2020-21: Dr. Boyd Goodson received the SIUC Scholar Excellence Award! And Dr. Lisabeth DiLalla was made an inaugural Fellow of National Sigma Xi!


We had a great time at our annual Sigma Xi Breakfast in November in Morris Library!



Public Lectures Sponsored by Sigma Xi for Fall/Spring 2022-2023:

·    23 September 2022 - KAPLAN AWARD LECTURE

                                   Dr. Glen Aylward, Ph.D., ABPP

                                       Professor Emeritus, Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

                                        Public Lecture: Preterm Infants: The Need for Accurate Developmental Assessment [Click here for a link to the talk - password EX+FDZ7y]

Time and Place –11:00 CST, click here for zoom link

Abstract: Preterm infants are at increased risk for neurodevelopmental deficits.  There is an inverse relationship between gestational age and sequelae: the younger the gestational age, the greater the probability of deficits.  Developmental plasticity can help the child compensate to some degree via evolving experience-dependent circuits directed toward the areas of delay or deficit. Generally, the earlier, the better, making early identification of delays or deficits critical to qualify the child for early intervention services. The Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development-4 will be described.  It is an innovative test that meets this need by employing 3-point (vs. dichotomous) scoring, use of caregiver report, and having a neuro-environmental synthesis theoretic framework. These features allow for more accurate diagnoses.  Cognitive, Language, Motor, Adaptive and Social-Emotional scales are incorporated in this testing instrument. Comparison to extant tests and clinical groups are described and support the validity of this new reference standard which is being adopted internationally.



                                   Dr. Federico Rosei

                                      Full Professor, INRS (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique)-EMT (Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications), University of Quebec

                                        Public Lecture: Mentorship for Young Scientists: Developing scientific Survival Skills [Click here for flyer]

Time and Place – 1:00 pm CST, Neckers Room 240, and via zoom:

Abstract: The central theme of this presentation is that succeeding in Science requires skills (often referred to as ‘soft professional skills’) beyond those needed for Science. The lecture aims at giving basic guidance and mentoring to young scientists (typically science and engineering undergraduate and first year graduate



                                   Dr. Federico Rosei

                                      Full Professor, INRS (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique)-EMT (Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications), University of Quebec

                                        Public Lecture: Full Sigma Xi Lecture - What Type of Energy For the Future of Humanity? [Click here for flyer]

Time and Place –4:00 pm CST, Neckers Room 240, and via zoom:

Abstract: As the age of cheap oil and fossil fuels is coming to an end, we are facing an energy crisis. Many alternative energy sources have already been
identified. However, there is no optimal solution to replace fossil fuels on a short time scale with new technologies that are economically viable and environmentally sustainable in the long term: we are confronted with a trilemma, at the nexus of energy, environment and economics. History reports disastrous consequences for human
societies that exploited their resources in a non sustainable way1, and arguably this is exactly what has been happening on a global scale for the past 250 years. Evidence for climate change caused by human activity is overwhelming. This public lecture aims at describing a general picture of the looming energy crisis, particularly to promote
awareness2. Some possible solutions are discussed, involving the use of advanced technologies for energy saving, energy storage and energy conversion.



*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.


2022 Officers (l to r): Matt Young, President-Elect; Justin Schoof, Secretary; James Conder, Treasurer; Liz DiLalla, Webmaster; Boyd Goodson, Past President (missing: Mary Kinsel, President)


Please click here to view photos from the 2019 Sigma Xi Banquet!

Click here to see old officer photos...






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