Rhode Island College Chapter


Dear Rhode Island College Science Faculty Member: 


Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, was founded in 1886 at Cornell University.  The Rhode Island College Chapter was chartered in 1985 to honor student scientists and to support informal interactions among the science faculty on campus.  Sigma Xi has a long history as a scientific honor society. In addition to public advocacy for science, Sigma Xi sponsors research conferences, grants-in-aid for research, and distinguished lectureships.  The society’s “Value Proposition” begins with the following text:


Sigma Xi is an international, multidisciplinary  community of science and engineering professionals dedicated to research excellence, to promoting public engagement with science, and to fostering the next generation of researchers. Through the recognition and honor of induction, Sigma Xi members join a distinguished community of researchers.


The longer statement makes a compelling argument for participation in the organization.


Current Members


As near as I can tell, about thirty members of the Rhode Island College faculty are members (active + inactive) of Sigma Xi.  See list below.  Current officers are Eric Roberts, chair, Jim Magyar, secretary, and Marc Lamontagne, treasurer. If you are a member and not on the list, please let me know.




Each year we nominate students as Associate Members in Sigma Xi.  Normally students who are nominated are seniors who have participated in scientific research and are looking forward to a career in science.  Truly outstanding juniors are nominated occasionally.  The nomination form is available here.  It is recommended that the nominee fill out the form so that the information is correct.  Please email the completed file to jmagyar@ric.edu.  With the form please submit the payment of $60 ($20 initiation fee + $40 dues for student member.) Colleagues who wish to be nominated as Full Members should contact Jim Magyar or Marc Lamontagne for details.  Nominations completed before the Poster Session on April 22 can be recognized at that time.


Poster Session


The Sigma Xi Poster Session will be part of the Spring Expo of Research and Creative Activity. Posters will be displayed in Adams Library on Monday, April 22.  We are encouraging science students to present their posters in the 12:00-2:00 block, class schedule permitting.  Many students who have displayed posters at external venues have the opportunity to share their work with the College community.  See http://www.ric.edu/Center-for-Research-and-Creative-Activity/Pages/Events.aspx for information and to sign up for the poster session (Deadline Friday, April 12.)



James G. Magyar, Secretary

April 9, 2019