Sigma Xi Chapter The Scientific Research Honor Society

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

Purdue Chapter of Sigma Xi proudly announces
a Call for Nominations for two Research Awards!  

The Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award in Science & Engineering -  Our long-standing award is to be awarded to an established faculty member.  Nomination form

The Sigma Xi Mid-career Research Award in Science & Engineering - Established more recently, this is to be awarded to an Associate Professor, at this rank for no more than eight years.  Midcareer Nomination form

The deadline for accepting nominations is December 18th, 2018.   Details here

A Draft of the Proposed bylaws for the Purdue  Chapter

   proposed bylaws    This document has not yet been adopted by the chapter members. 

Your comments are welcome. email:,  

2018 Sigma Xi Awards Banquet:  Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Program (PDF)


The Purdue Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society for scientists and engineers, is pleased to announce the winners of the Research Award and Mid-Career Research Award. 

Professor Stephen Konieczny (Biological Sciences) was recognized  as this year's winner of the Sigma Xi Research Award. This award began in 1950 and Dr. Konieczny is the 66th recipient.

Professor Jennifer L. Freeman (School of Health Sciences) was awarded the newer Mid-Career Research Award.  She is the third to receive this award.


We also recognize eleven winners from the 2018 Sigma Xi Poster Competition for graduate students and postdocs.  They received their checks and enjoyed an excellent meal prepared and served by the talented Chef Carl Conway and the student managers and staff of the HTM Evening Foodservice.

Social Behavioral Sciences

  •  K. Rodriquez: “The Psychophysiological Effects of Psychiatric Service Dogs in a Population of Military Veterans with PTSD”     
  •  O.A. Desmet: “A Market in Education:How Central Exams relate to Quality & Equity”  

Engineering Sciences

  • S. Zhou: “Password Hashing and Graph Pebbling”
  • O. S. Holiett: “The Development of a Wearable Biosensor for Outpatient Drug Rehabilitation Care”

Life and Agricultural Sciences

  • A. Dieterly: “A Robust in vivo Model of Brain Metastases of Lung Cancer”
  • S. Ramadesikan: “Cell Adhesion and Migration Phenotypes in Lowe Syndrome Patient Cells”
  • S.R. Rahmani: “Mapping Soil Spatial Variability at the Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE) to Support Field-Based Phenotyping”
  • O. Babatunde: “Impact of Age and Exposure Length on Phytase Efficacy in Broilers during the Starter Phase”
  • J. Franco: “Variation of Skin Lipid Content in a Mouse Model of Dermatitis Analyzed by Mass Spectrometry Imaging”
  • E. Sayedahmed: “A Bovine Adenoviral Vector-based H5N1 Influenza Vaccine Produce a Complete Protection against a Heterologous Influenza Virus Challenge”

Post-Doctoral Category

  • H. Mohammad: “Discovery of a Novel Dibromoquinoline Compound with Potent Antifungal and Antivirulence Activity that Targets Metal ion Homeostasis”


The evening included a presentation by Professor Shirley Rietdyk from Health and Kinesiology  on “Falls across the Adult Lifespan: Humans are Surprisingly Bad at Walking”. She discussed the common origins of falls and means to prevent this too common source of much suffering and expense.

"Falls across the Adult Lifespan: Humans are Surprisingly Bad at Walking"

Dr. Shirley Rietdyk is Professor of Kinesiology at Purdue University. She examines the control of balance and locomotion in humans across the adult lifespan, with an emphasis on avoiding falls. She utilizes experimental and modeling approaches to discover how balance and mobility are achieved in complex environments. These factors are critical for maintaining independence and quality of life in the aging population. Knowledge of these factors informs the etiology of falls, leading to the development and assessment of fall-prevention interventions. She co-founded the tech startup, SmartGait LLC, to provide balance and gait assessments quickly and easily to large cohorts of people. Rietdyk is the author of 40 scientific papers and over 100 conference presentations. She has received funding from the National Science Foundation to support her research and entrepreneurial activities. Her research has been featured on national and international media outlets, including CNBC, The Daily Telegraph (United Kingdom), NPR, ABC Radio in Australia, and others.

2018 Graduate Student and Post-Doctoral Fellows Poster Competition

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

Abstracts (PDF)

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