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Join Sigma Xi

Membership in Sigma Xi is by nomination, is conferred in one of two ways, and is NOT dependent on the nominee having a specific education degree. UT students, staff, and faculty may join.

To join, submit a completed nomination form (PDF) to UT Sigma Xi President Carol Stepien (carol.stepien@utoledo.edu; or UT Lake Erie Center, Mail Stop #604)

Full Membership is conferred upon any individual who has shown noteworthy achievement as an original investigator in a field of pure or applied science or engineering.

Associate Membership is available to any individual who has, through initial research achievement in a field of pure or applied science, shown an aptitude for research.

Membership Year: Membership renewal is on a fiscal year basis. The fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30 of the following year.

Definition of Terms (from the Sigma Xi Bylaws):

Noteworthy Achievement: Noteworthy achievement in research specified for election or promotion to full membership must be evidenced by publication, patents, written reports or a thesis or dissertation, which must be available to the Committee on Qualifications and Membership if requested. If the work is "classified," it shall be assessed for the Committee by a "cleared" Member. Membership in the Society is neither linked to the possession of any degree nor contingent upon belonging to some other organization.

Research Aptitude: Research aptitude specified for election to associate membership must be evidenced by independent investigation ordinarily resulting in a written report, which must be available to the Committee on Qualifications and Membership if requested. If the work is "classified," it shall be assessed for the Committee by a "cleared" Member. Associate membership is offered to encourage young investigators with promise to continue careers in research. In making the nomination, the nominator attests to the nominee's potential for future promotion to full member.

Non-discrimination Policy: Neither Sigma Xi, nor any chapter of Sigma Xi, shall discriminate against candidates for election to membership on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.

Membership Rates and Fees:

Dues Rates Member Type
$90 Regular (Full or Associate)
$60 Emeritus
$45 Transitional
$25 Student
   
Fees  
$20 Initiation Fee
$10 Promotion Fee

Details:

Regular Dues: Applies to all individuals who are full or associate members and do not qualify for a reduction in dues as described below.
Emeritus Dues: Are available to any member in either of these categories: (1) is retired and at least 65 years old, and has paid dues for the immediate preceding ten years, or (2) is retired and has paid dues for the preceding thirty years. This reduced dues option cannot be used in conjunction with another reduced dues option.
Transitional Dues: Any student who has completed their degree within the last three years may request to pay dues at the transitional rate. This is limited to non-students for a period up to three years after graduation. Following the three year period the member is automatically advanced to the regular member rate. Transitional dues are renewable, but must be certified annually. This reduced rate is not retroactive.
Student Dues: Are available to any full-time, degree-seeking student at an institution of higher learning. Student dues are renewable, but must be certified annually. Payment for the current year only will be accepted. Renewals will not be processed for additional years. This reduced dues option cannot be used in conjunction with another reduced dues option. Postdocs and medical residents do not qualify for the student rate but may qualify for transitional dues (see above).

Automatic Dues Payment: You can choose to have your dues automatically charged on your credit card or drafted directly from your bank account. Current year dues are processed on May 15th of each year. Members who sign-up after this date will be charged immediately and then processed on May 15th each year thereafter. An e-mail notification of the dues deduction will be sent to you after your credit card/bank account has been charged/debited. This option is not available to those paying student, transitional or unemployed member dues. Sign-up or change your current automatic payment options by using the Automatic Payment form.

Pre-payment of Member Dues: Members are allowed to pre-pay their dues up to two additional years at the current dues rates. December 31st of each year is the cut-off date for pre-payment at the current fiscal year rates. As of January 1st of each year pre-payment can only be made at the upcoming fiscal year rates. Initiation/Promotion Fee: For all new initiates (first-time members) and promotions, this fee covers the cost of processing and preparing a certificate of membership. Elections/promotions reported after January 1st should be assessed rates for the upcoming fiscal year.

Last Updated: 8/18/17