Sigma Xi Chapter The Scientific Research Honor Society

Purdue University Chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society



The Purdue Chapter of Sigma Xi seeks to recognize a faculty member for outstanding research with an award that includes a plaque and $1000.  This award will be presented at the Sigma Xi Banquet in the Spring of 2018.  The recipient will be invited to speak at an appropriate occasion.
Nominations are now open for the 2018 Sigma Xi Mid-Career Faculty Research Award.  The nominee should currently be an Associate Professor (at this rank for no more than eight years), in residence at the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University, and need not be a member of Sigma Xi.   

Your nomination, due no later than December 1, 2017, should include the following:

•    The completed Nomination Form
•    The candidate’s curriculum vitae
•    Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which are from off campus
o   These letters should be sent to you, the nominator, then included in nomination package
•    Copies or reprints of up to three (3) significant publications

In preparing the nomination, the committee recommends that those writing supporting letters be asked to concentrate on the distinctive research advances made by the nominee.  The nomination should focus on the scientific research accomplishments for which the person is nominated rather than service to the University or other career accomplishments of the applicant.

For additional information, please contact Peter Kissinger at

If this nomination repeats one from a year ago, outside letters from last year may be used again – at your option.

The complete nomination, with reference letters, should be sent no later than Thursday, December 1, 2017.

Send nominations to:
                Professor Peter T. Kissinger
                Sigma Xi
                Purdue University
                Dept. of Chemistry
                560 Oval Drive
                West Lafayette, IN  47907

Or, electronically to: and

News from the 2017 Annual Awards Banquet & New Member Induction

The 2017 Graduate Student and Post-Doc Poster Competition  First Place and Honorable Mention Posters

Purdue Chapter New Members:

Gaurav Chopra, Chemistry
Alexander Chubykin, Biological Sciences
Tillman Kubis, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jing Pan, Mechanical Engineering

Awards Presented:

2017 Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award:  Peide Ye, Ph.D.
The Richard J. and Mary Jo Schwartz Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

2016 Mid-Career Faculty Research Award:  R. Claudio Aguilar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

2017 Mid-Career Faculty Research Award:  Ulrike Dydak, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Health Sciences

Special guest speaker, Distinguished Professor Jay Melosh, (EAPS)
“Purdue’s New Venture in Extraterrestrial Habitat Engineering”

A Message from Purdue Chapter President, Pete Kissinger:  2016 Annual Meeting Report