Welcome to the Georgia Southern University Chapter of

Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society

 

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society was founded in 1886. Today this nonprofit membership society has over 80,000 scientists and engineers who were elected to the Society because of their research achievements or potential. Sigma Xi has more than 500 chapters at universities and colleges, government laboratories and industry research centers. In addition to publishing American Scientist, Sigma Xi awards grants annually to promising young researchers, holds forums on critical issues at the intersection of science and society and sponsors a variety of programs supporting honor in science and engineering, science education, science policy and the public understanding of science. (The above paragraph is taken from the Sigma Xi homepage). For more information on Sigma Xi, please go to the International Homepage. Recently, our chapter was just honored with one of the first Sigma Xi Chapter Program Awards (see below)

 

How can YOU become of member of Sigma Xi (and become involved with your local chapter here at GSU) -- speak with one of the officers of GSU's Chapter and read about the membership procedures. To JOIN the GSU Chapter of Sigma Xi, you can use the online form. We hope to have the fee structure available online soon. For questions about fees, please contact Secretary/Treasurer Dr. Alan Harvey in the Biology Department at GSU. See below for events!


CURRENT EVENTS 2004

Sigma Xi Meeting

Monday, February 16, 2004 dinner at 6:00 PM at Archibald's Restaurant

Presentation by

Dr. Bruce A. Schulte

Department of Biology

"Elephant Communication and Conservation"


Sigma Xi Meeting

Monday, September 29 dinner at 6:00 PM at RJ's Steakhouse

Presentation by Dr. Kurt Wiegel of the
Department of Chemistry on his recent research on polymers and their
applications to industry

PAST EVENTS 2002-03

Spring Banquet, April 28, 2003 at Archibald's Restaurant

 

Sigma Xi Meeting

Monday, March 24, 2003

Dinner: Dingus MaGee's at 5:30

with speaker to follow

Dr. Bill Irby, Department of Biology

"Mosquitoes and the West Nile Virus."

 

Sigma Xi Meeting

Monday, Nov 18, 2002

Dinner and speaker at Pasha's Restaurant

Dinner at 6 pm, followed by

"Hydrogeology of Southeast Georgia"
Dr. Jim Reichard, Geology & Geography
(at approximately 6:30)

 

The Fall Social was a success despite the rain!

Fall Social 2002

A fun time to get together and socialize, meet new people, and enjoy food and beverage.

Come and get acquainted with other Georgia Southern Scientists and their families!

Cookout at the Fausetts'
215 Azalea Drive
Monday, Oct. 28, 5:30 pm

Sigma Xi will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, (veggie burgers if desired), buns, condiments, plates, etc.

Please bring a side dish to share and your family.

Norm Schmidt (our new VP) will man the grill.

RSVP to
Laurie Fausett at 681-0251 or LFausett@GeorgiaSouthern.edu
Spring 2002 in Review

Georgia Southern Sigma Xi Chapter


Meeting on February 8 @ 11 am

Agenda Items

  1. The Program Award given to GSU Chapter at fall National Meeting was shown to all in attendance.
  2. Alan Harvey gave the secretary/treasurer's report: membership is up but there are numerous inactive (unpaid) members. Our budget operates largely on receiving a percentage of the membership dues from the National Chapter based upon on our paid local members. We need to attract more new members and inspire inactive members to become current! We discussed having a booth at the COST annual meeting as well as an End of Year Banquet that could serve as a fund raiser as well.
  3. The Student Research Competition will be held February 28 at 7 pm. Abstracts are due on February 22 to Dr. Schulte. See the web form. WE WILL NEED JUDGES!
  4. The Earth Day event co-sponsored with SAGE and GSEN is moving forward. We are bringing in a speaker and organizing a workshop for the event.
  5. Mark Edwards (as part of the Physics Department Seminar Series) has invited Nobel Prize winner Dr. Bill Phillips to give a a public lecture March 1 at 7 pm (see link for more information). Sigma Xi will help with advertising for this event.
  6. Laurie Fausett (v-p) gave a summary of the National Meeting.
  7. Our next meeting will be at the end of March. We will need to run elections for Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer (and make a decision to keep these offices one or split into two as National would prefer). We will discuss the creation of an executive board consisting of past two presidents, one other officer and 2 elected members (proposed composition) to assist with chapter organization and activities
  8. Please encourage students to participate in the Student Research Competition.


Fall 2001 Activities

Our NEW Vice-President, Laurene (Laurie) Fausett, was elected by unanimous vote at our meeting on Wednesday October 24, 2001. Thanks to all those who attended.

Laurie attended the National Meeting in Raleigh, NC and accept the award for our chapter program (spring 2002, see below).

Laurie will provide us with a synopsis of the meeting to be published on this website in the spring semester.

 

We had a fall meeting of all current and past active members and of course any interested NEW members on:

October 24 at 4 pm in Biology 2215. Thanks for Attending!

 

Issues of Concern:

The GSU Chapter needs to achieve certain goals to remain in Good Standing:

1) We need a Vice-President for 2001-2002 (Accomplished) and ideally we should have the Secretary and Treasurer be separate officers

2) We need someone to attend the National Meeting (Accomplished)

November 9-11, 2001, Raleigh, North Carolina

3) We need to increase our membership base both by receiving fees from

unpaid, past members and by gaining new members (On program for spring 2002 meeting)


Chapter Program Award

The National Organization of SIGMA XI has awarded the GSU Chapter one of the first Sigma Xi Chapter Program Awards for outstanding chapter program during the year ending June 30, 2001.

"Certificates are awarded for exceptional and innovative chapter programs, particularly those that address the four major issues at the foundation of the Society's mission: honor in science and engineering, science education, science policy and the public understanding of science. Your chapter is being honored for its 'Science and Media Forum' that brought together researchers and journalists to discuss strategies for better informing the public about scientific research."

The notification letter concludes with

"We look forward to watching your programs continue to succeed and hope that your accomplishments will help your chapter to grow and to flourish."

 

We received notice of this award on October 22 via a letter dated October 19, 2001.


GSU Chapter Events 2000-2001

The Sigma Xi Student Research Competition

There were separate competitions for Graduate and Undergraduate students

Abstracts were submitted by April 20, 2001

Talks were held on the evening of April 25, 2001 in Biology 2217 starting at 7:00 pm

 

Science and the Media: Relaying Research to Reporters and the Public

Date & Time: Thursday, March 1 at 3:00 p.m.

Location: Georgia Southern Museum (in the Rosenwald Building on Sweetheart Circle)

For a synopsis of this event, click here

 

Chromium: The Key to Diabetes
by
Dr. Michele Davis
Chemistry Department, GSU

Friday, October 27, 2000 @ 3:30 pm GSU Museum


For the years 2003-2004, the Georgia Southern University Officers of Sigma Xi are

President: Norman Schmidt, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Home Page or send an email: normans@georgiasouthern.edu

Vice-President: Michele Davis, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Home Page or send an email: mdavis@georgiasouthern.edu

Secretary / Treasurer: Alan Harvey, Associate Professor of Biology

Home Page or to send an email: aharvey@georgiasouthern.edu

 

For the years 2002-2003, the Georgia Southern University Officers of Sigma Xi are

President: Laurene (Laurie) Fausett, Assistant Professor Math & Computer Science

Home Page or send an email: lfausett@GeorgiaSouthern.edu

Vice-President: Norman Schmidt, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Home Page or send an email: normans@GeorgiaSouthern.edu

Secretary / Treasurer: Alan Harvey, Associate Professor of Biology

Home Page or to send an email: aharvey@GeorgiaSouthern.edu

 

For the years 2001-2002, the Georgia Southern University Officers of Sigma Xi were

President: Bruce Schulte, Assistant Professor of Biology

Home Page or to send an email: bschulte@GeorgiaSouthern.edu

Vice-President: Laurene (Laurie) Fausett, Assistant Professor Math & Computer Science

Home Page or send an email: lfausett@GeorgiaSouthern.edu

Secretary / Treasurer: Alan Harvey, Assistant Professor of Biology

Home Page or to send an email: aharvey@GeorgiaSouthern.edu

 

For the years 2000-2001, the Georgia Southern University Officers of Sigma Xi were

President: Michael Hurst, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Home Page or to send an email: HurstMO@GeorgiaSouthern.edu

Vice-President: Bruce Schulte, Assistant Professor of Biology

Home Page or to send an email: bschulte@GeorgiaSouthern.edu

Secretary / Treasurer: Alan Harvey, Assistant Professor of Biology

Home Page or to send an email: aharvey@GeorgiaSouthern.edu

 

 

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