Announcing the Fall 2018 Grant-In-Aid of Research Awardees


Congratulations to the Fall 2018 Grant-In-Aid of Research Winners! We look forward to honouring you at the Annual Banquet in Spring 2019


2018 GIAR Awardees:

Swagata Goswami, Cellular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program. Project Title: “Role of p21 in cell cycle and differentiation decisions of myeloid cells in health and disease”

Elif Kolanci, Neuroscience Graduate Program. Project Title: “Exploring the roles of sex and intestinal microbial composition in stress-enhanced anxiety-like behavior


Honorable Mentions:

Sunayana Nayak, Biomedical Science Graduate Program. Project Title: “Role of a novel regulator in nutrient acquisition pathways in cancer”

Nguyen “Archie” Tram, Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program. Project Title: “Preventing blindness: A novel vitreous substitute”

Edna Alfaro Inocente, Entomology Graduate Program. Project Title: “Discovery of natural drimane sesquiterpenes from Madagascan medicinal plants (Cinnamosma spp.) with insecticidal and repellent activities against mosquitoes”

Thomas Bodnar Biochemistry Graduate Program. Project Title: “Downstream proteins that facilitate sarcolemma membrane repair have potential as therapeutics for Duchenne muscular dystrophy” 

Julia Zezinka, Undergraduate Student in Speech and Hearing Science. Project Title: “Outcomes measurement in augmentative & alternative communication device interventions”

Jenna Wilson, Undergraduate Student in Cognitive Neuroscience. Project Title: “A new thrombolytic to prevent or attenuate myocardial infarction”


Winners of the 2018 Sigma Xi Research Symposium Poster Competition

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2018 Sigma Xi Annual Banquet and Research Symposium Poster Competition!

  • Emily Nordquist (Graduate Student) presented on Mechanisms of Heart Valve Regeneration. Authors: Emily Nordquist, Stephanie LaHaye and Joy Lincoln.
  • Rebecca Mayus (Graduate Student) presented on Age-Associated Changes in Subadult Cross-Sectional Geometry of Ribs: A Comparison Between Modern and Medieval Polish Samples. Authors: Rebecca Mayus and Amanda Agnew
  • Alana Reese (Undergraduate Student) presented on Effects of MIF on the pathogenesis of proliferative vitreoretinopathy in retinal pigment epithelial and Müller glia cell cultures. Authors: Alana Reese, Sumaya Hamadmad, Tyler Heisler-Taylor and Dr. Colleen Cebulla.


Poster Winners of 2018 SX Research Symposium. Left to right: Alana Reese, Emily Nordquist, Rebecca Mayus and Chapter President Dr. Noah Weisleder.

OSU Next Generation Innovator of the Year Award

The Ohio State Sigma Xi chapter is happy to sponsor the OSU Next Generation Innovator of the Year Award. At the Office of Research’s annual State of Research Address this week it was announced that is Laura McLaughlin, a fourth-year nursing student with a research specialization distinction and a minor in entrepreneurship and innovation, is the winner for 2017. The award is intended to recognize innovation and entrepreneurship that has contributed to the development or commercialization of a new technology. Laura McLaughlin developed a mobile app to support and inform new and expectant parents. BabyTalk educates users via games and simulated experiences on topics such as women’s health, pregnancy and a child’s first year. Points can be redeemed for needed items or connection to community resources. Sigma Xi is proud to sponsor Laura McLaughlin for membership in the Society and provide a cash prize with the award.

Details on the award can be found here:…

A recording of the presentation can be seen here (annoucement is at 27:07):

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Presentation Opportunities for Sigma Xi Members

The Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi would like to sponsor our members who are interested to apply for several public presentation opportunities that are supported by our local chapter. Three different opportunities to reach out to the public and present your research are:

Sigma Xi Distinguished Lectures

Since 1937 Sigma Xi has presented its Distinguished Lecturers who are outstanding members who are at the leading edge of science.  Sigma Xi supports these lecturers to travel to other chapters to communicate their insights and excitement to a broad range of scholars and to the community at large. Each year thousands of Sigma Xi members, students, and the public have an opportunity to hear exceptional talks and to ask questions of experts. More details on the program can be found here. If you are interested in applying to become a Distinguished Lecturer please contact the chapter directly ( and we can assist with your application.

Science Café

The Science Café is a monthly seminar series that encourages a scientific understanding of the world through relaxed discussions of popular science topics. Open to the public, these evening seminars are co-sponsored by The Ohio State University Chapter of Sigma Xi and The Ohio State University Libraries and take place in various OSU libraries. More detail can be found on the chapter website and if you are interested in presenting please contact Kelly Crowe or our chapter directly (

COSI After Dark speakers

COSI After Dark is COSI without kids. These events are for adults ages 21 and over, only, and occur monthly, usually on a Thursday evening. This is an opportunity for Sigma Xi members to present an informal, public lecture as adult patrons explore COSI, ride the High Wire Unicycle, enjoy special themed crafts and activities, concessions and a cash bar. More information and a current schedule can be found at the COSI website. If you are interested in presenting please contact Kelly Crowe or our chapter directly (

If you have general questions please contact Noah Weisleder or use our chapter email address.

Postdoctoral scholars fellowship program call for nominations

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is pleased to announce the 2018 President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program. Sponsored by the Office of the President, the program aims to aid in the recruitment and retention of postdoctoral scholars with promising futures as leaders in their fields. Multiple awards (which include salary support, benefits and funds for research-related travel) will be made to support further scholarly training of PhDs and terminal degree holders who wish to pursue careers in research and creative expression.

For more information please visit the following website:…

Please contact  Marcela Hernandez ( with any questions on this program.

Award for Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi

The national  Sigma Xi leadership has awarded our Ohio State Chapter of  Sigma Xi the Chapter Program of Excellence Award for 2017 to recognize our Meet-a-Scientist program. This outreach program connects faculty members and students with local classrooms and civic organizations enabling them to communicate the excitement of their research and career path, and the power of a scientific approach to solving problems.

Congratulations to all who participated in our Meet-a-Scientist program, especially since we expanded our program to include after school programs in local schools. This award shows again how our Chapter can set a strong example for other Chapters of Sigma Xi.

The Chapter Program of Excellence Awards are given to a chapter for organizing or hosting an outstanding program, especially one which other chapters can emulate. Nominees were chosen by the Regional and Constituency Directors based on Chapter Annual Reports, and winners were selected by the Committee on Qualifications and Membership.

The Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi Student Research Grants – 2017

The Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi, the science and engineering research honor society, requests applications from graduate and undergraduate students for Grants-in-Aid of Research.  Notice that our application deadline has moved to September 15, 2017.  We moved the deadline to encourage students who apply for our local program to submit their work for the National GIAR program in October or March 2018.  If an applicant indicates that they plan to submit to the National GIAR program, we will make a concerted effort to provide them feedback on their local proposal in time to revise (if necessary) for the national deadline.  While our deadline for submission IS Sept. 15, those planning to submit to the national competition would be advised to submit their work a week or two ahead of the deadline to allow for a timely review. Application information can be found here. Please refer any questions to Larry Feth at

More information is available here