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Sigma Xi at the University of Toledo

Sigma Xi

Welcome to the Scientific Honorary Society! 

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, is the honor society of scientists and engineers that recognizes scientific achievement.

The Society is a diverse organization of members and chapters dedicated to companionship in science and engineering and to the advancement of knowledge through research, service and teaching.

Mission: To enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering and promote the public's understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition.

Vision: Sigma Xi will be recognized as the global interdisciplinary society that promotes ethics and excellence in scientific and engineering research.

To join The University of Toledo's Chapter of Sigma Xi, submit a completed nomination form (PDF) to UT Sigma Xi President Carol Stepien (; or UT Lake Erie Center, Mail Stop #604)

For more information on joining, please visit our Membership page. 

Student Scholarships

Grants-in-Aid of Research Program – Available to Grad Students

Application Deadlines: March 15 and October 15 annually.

The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.

The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.

While membership in Sigma Xi is not a requirement for applying for funding from the Grants-in-Aid of Research program, approximately 75% of funds are restricted for use by dues paying student members of Sigma Xi or students whose project advisor is a dues paying member of Sigma Xi. Students from any country are eligible to receive funding.

For more information and to apply for scholarships, click here

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday December 2nd
SIGMA XI Presents:  Science Café
5:00 p.m. in Libbey Hall
Topic of Discussion:  "Environmental Science Issues of CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operations)"
Everyone welcome!  Snacks served.

Last Updated: 3/23/15