Sigma Xi Chapter The Scientific Research Honor Society

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

SPRING 2018 Distinguished Lecture

Thursday, March 29, 2018
MRGN 121
3:30-4:30 pm
reception immediately following in the MANN Atrium (next building south of MRGN)
co-sponsored by 
The Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience

"Dissecting Neural Circuits: A Toolmaker's Perspective"

Timothy Harris, Ph.D.

T. Harris photo

Senior Fellow
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Janelia Research Campus

2018 Graduate Student and Post-Doctoral Fellows Poster Competition

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
6-9 PM
Stewart 218 A-D


The Purdue University Chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, is conducting a Graduate Student and Post-Doctoral Fellow Research Awards Competition in the format of a scientific poster session.  There will be a first prize of $200, provided by Sigma Xi, as well as recognition for other outstanding posters in each of the four research areas.

Sigma Xi Research Award for Scientists and Engineers


Nominations are now open for the 2018 Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award.  Faculty at any rank are eligible for this longstanding Research Award, however, with rare exceptions, the selection committee has most often favored well established investigators.  The nominee should currently be in residence at the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University, but need not be a member of Sigma Xi.  

 Your nomination 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

These letters should be sent to you, the nominator, then included in the 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.

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

Please send the complete nomination and supporting documents, no later than Friday, February 9, 2018.

Electronic submission:    Send to and

Or if printed, send to:
Professor Peter T. Kissinger (on campus, CHEM / WTHR)
Sigma Xi, Purdue University
Department of Chemistry
560 Oval Drive
West Lafayette, IN  47907

For additional information about the award, please contact Peter Kissinger at   If you have questions about the form or submission, please contact Ann Cripe,

Nominations have been received and are now under consideration.  Watch for more details regarding the Chapter's Annual Banquet, scheduled for April 11, 2018.

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