Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society at Ohio University

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.

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Annual Banquet

Hold the date: May 17, 2006, will be our annual banquet and new member initiation, at the Ohio University Inn (more details will follow). Tadeusz Malinski has agreed to speak for the evening and will make a colorful presentation on the scientific analysis of artwork.


President: Dr. Peter de B. Harrington

Vice-President: Dr. Sarah E. Wyatt

Secretary-Treasurer: Dr. Maarten Uijt de Haag

Membership Nomination Form

The Membership Nomination Form is available as a half-megabyte Adobe Acrobat file.

Honoring Dr. Darrell O. Huwe

Dr. Darrell O. Huwe, long-time member and officer of the Ohio University Chapter of Sigma Xi, retired from the Ohio University faculty in July, 1996, and died on November 27, 1996, after a short illness.

Before his retirement, he was honored at the 1996 Awards Banquet. Follow the link above for more information.

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 it's 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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