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”


Support the Ohio State Grants-in-Aid of Research program

There is only one more week to contribute to our fund drive to support our Ohio State Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program as part of the OSU Campus Campaign. Each year our Sigma Xi Chapter awards competitive GIAR to undergraduate and graduate student researchers and there is a great need to increase how many GIARs that we can award to our trainees. You can help through tax-deductible donations to the OSU Campus Campaign (but only over the next week). We are also offering incentives for those who donate in support of research at Ohio State in 2018. Donations can be made at our website ( and more information on incentives can be found there as well (

Support Student Researchers at Ohio State University

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!

Student Research Grants – Spring 2018

The Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi, the science and engineering research honor society, solicits applications from graduate and undergraduate students for Grants-in-Aid of Research.

Successful applicants will receive an award of $500 for Undergraduate students or $1,000 for Graduate students as well as nomination for Associate Membership in Sigma Xi. Application information can be found here.

The Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi supports research in all areas of science and engineering including but not limited to: Natural (Physical) Sciences, Biological Sciences, Mathematical & Computer Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering.

The deadline will be Friday, March 16, 2018. Queries should be addressed to Professor Lawrence Feth, at more

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.