Magazine article American Scientist

Northeast Regional Sigma XI Research Conference at Queens College, CUNY

Magazine article American Scientist

Northeast Regional Sigma XI Research Conference at Queens College, CUNY

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In April, the Northeast region of Sigma Xi held its annual regional research conference on the campus of Queens College, CUNY. Attendance included 90 outstanding undergraduate and graduate researchers from 18 institutions who shared their most recent and exciting research.

Dr. Nancy Elwess (SX 1999) was awarded the Evan Ferguson award for outstanding service to Sigma Xi and our mission. Since Dr. Elwess (SUNY Plattsburgh) joined Sigma Xi she has nominated and mentored 63 research students for membership. She strongly encourages her students to apply for grants early in their careers and several have received Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research. Pamela Kerrigan, Northeast Regional Director of Sigma Xi, presented Dr. Elwess with her award on Saturday, April 21.

Dr. Joanne Tillotson (SUNY Purchase), a fellow member of Sigma Xi, provided attendees with insightful information on how to successfully prepare Sigma Xi Grantsin-Aid of Research award applications.

Dr. Martin Chalfie, 2008 Chemistry Nobel Laureate, engaged die authence with an hour-long lecture filled with great stories. Dr. Chalfie urged the authence to question established norms and think outside the box in order to create their own path in science. Dr. Chalfie's lecture was followed by a riveting Q&A session.

Dedicated faculty judges and several Sigma Xi members highlighted several poster presentations for their outstanding merit. Sigma Xi judges included Ipsita Banerjee (SX 2005), Kestas Bendinskas (SX 1993), Richard Bodnar (SX 1980), Joshua Brumberg (SX 1992), Cathy Savage-Dunn (SX 1999), Pamela Kerrigan (SX 1995), David Lahti (SX 201 1), Tom Philbrick (1980), Theodora Pinou (SX 1992), Carolyn Pytte (SX 201 1), Wilma Saffian (SX 1989), Thomas Strekas (SX 1979), Joanne Tillotson (SX 1999), and Arieta Tsiola (SX 2004). …

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