Welcome to The Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi

You may already be familiar with, or even be a member of, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society that counts over 45,000 members.  Sigma Xi is an international, multidisciplinary community of science and engineering professionals dedicated to research excellence, to promoting public engagement with science, and to fostering the next generation of researchers. Our Ohio State Chapter was chartered in 1898 as the eighth chapter of Sigma Xi and we have been active ever since. Over this time Sigma Xi has been an important part of the research community at OSU and we still provide multiple opportunities to enrich the research environment for faculty and students. Please see our Events tab for more information about activities and opportunities available to you through your Sigma Xi membership.

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Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, recognizes and supports scientific achievement. Each year our Sigma Xi Chapter awards around 6 competitive Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) to undergraduate and graduate student researchers: $1000 to graduate students; $500 to undergraduate students. However, we usually have 50 applications that cannot be funded. There is great need to increase how many GIARs that we can award. You can help. Gift donations can be made through the OSU Campus Campaign mechanism or at any time. You can use a monthly deduction from your paycheck, or as a one-time gift – both options are tax-deductible. Donations can be made at our website. While you are there, look into all the things that Sigma Xi is doing at Ohio State, and nationally. You can connect through this link

There are also incentives for those who donate in support of research at Ohio State in 2018:

All donations will go directly to funding GIARs. Sponsorship of a GIAR will allow a donor to select the naming rights and/or specific research topic of that award. GIAR sponsorship can be split between multiple donors if those donations total the required value. Please contact the chapter when you make a donation to claim your reward or for more details. Thank you for your contribution to the student researchers at Ohio State University!

120th Anniversary of Our Chapter

In 2017, The Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi is be celebrating our 120th Anniversary! Click here to read The History of the Ohio State Chapter by Harold E. Burtt.

Ohio State University Chapter Awards

The Ohio State University Chapter of Sigma Xi has been repeatedly recognized by National Sigma Xi as one of the Top Electing Chapters in the country. We received this prestigious award in 2014 as well as 2017. In addition to that, our chapter won another award in 2018 celebrating the success of our “Meet a Scientist Program”!


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By-Laws of Our Chapter

Click here to read the By Laws of The Ohio State University Chapter of Sigma Xi