Sigma Xi Key Sigma Xi - The Scientific Research Society 


Ohio University Chapter

Sigma Xi is a national honorary society whose members are selected by local chapters on the basis of their scientific research credentials. The society publishes American Scientist. The society was founded in 1886; the Ohio University Chapter was founded in 1961.

Science Cafe's

Science Cafe's are a venue for students interested in the sciences and engineering to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty, staff, and the community in a friendly setting. All cafe's start at 5:00 pm in the Front Room located in Baker Center.  Free coffee for the first 50 people. 



President:  Dr. Peter de B. Harrington

Vice-President:  Dr. Sarah E. Wyatt

Secretary:  Dr. Nick Okada

Treasurer:  Dr. Zhen Zhu


A Brief History of Sigma Xi

Sigma Xi was founded in 1886 by a group of Cornell University students and Prof. Frank Van Vleck in order to establish an honor society for engineers and scientists (to complement the already existing Phi Betta Kappa society in the humanities). The Society originated not just to reward excellence in scientific research but to promote companionship and cooperation of scientists among all fields.

One hundred years after its founding the Society expanded its mission in 1986 to include the honoring of scientific accomplishments, to encourage and to enhance the worldwide appreciation and support of original investigation in science and technology, and to foster world-wide a creative and dynamic interaction among science, technology, and society.

Since 1886, Sigma Xi has grown to include over 500 chapters across the North America continent. The Society now has almost 100,000 active members in universities, colleges, industry, and government.


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