Magazine article American Scientist

Students Receive Research Grants

Magazine article American Scientist

Students Receive Research Grants

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The wait was over in January for students hoping to hear if their research projects would receive funding from Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. In the fall 2015 grant cycle, the Society's Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program awarded a total of $108,750.92 to 118 undergraduate and graduate students. The average grant amount was $1,000.

Sigma Xi members who volunteer on the GIAR committee and others read and ranked 787 applications. Often, GIAR provides the first grant a student receives.

"We're often that first, external person to say 'you're doing good work, good science, keep it up-and we believe in you so much, here is some money to help,'" said Emma Perry, a member and former chair of the GIAR committee.

Recipients may use their grants to pay for travel expenses to a research site or to purchase nonstandard laboratory equipment that is necessary for their research projects. …

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