Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
UTC Chapter

 Congratulations to those who received Sigma Xi student research awards for 2016: 

Mr. Taylor Perkins, graduate student in the M.S. Environmental Science program, "Using Molecular Phylogenetics to Inform Conservation of the American Chestnut and Chinquapins."


Mr. David Kotval, undergraduate student in the B.S. Mathematics program, "Optimal Design in Accordance with the Spectrum of A Sturm-Liouville Problem."


Interested in becoming a member of Sigma Xi?  Contact Peggy Kovach


2015 Graduate Student Awards

On April 7th, the UTC Chapter of Sigma Xi presented awards to outstanding graduate students involved in scientific research.  The awardees are:

Eddie Christopher, Psychology Department:  Mr. Christopher's thesis title is "Music Helps Me Do My Homework: A Student's Conundrum."  He was nominated by his thesis advisor, Dr. Jill Shelton.

Brandon Allen, Computer Science and Engineering:  Mr. Allen's thesis title is "Mobile Motion Analysis of Post Stroke Patients."  He was nominated by his thesis advisor, Dr. Mina Sartipi.

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society is the international honor society of science and engineering. One of the oldest and largest scientific organizations in the world, Sigma Xi has a distinguished history of service to science and society for more than 125 years. Sigma Xi chapters can be found at colleges and universities, government laboratories, and industry research centers around the world.  

The UTC Chapter has members in the following departments:  Biology, Geology and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science and Engineering, Health and Human Performance, Mechanical Engineering, Physics/Geology/Astronomy, and Psychology.  

Sigma-Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research  - Application Deadlines: March 15 and October 15 annually.

The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.  For more information:


Become a Member:  To apply for membership, submit:

A completed nomination form:  You only need to complete PART 1: Nominee.  Print the form once you have completed it.

  1. A CV that includes  (CV required only for full membership)
    • Education:  Institutions, dates, degree(s)
    • Professional Positions:  Institutions, dates, position titles
    • Publications:  Titles, authors, date, source (journal name, thesis, etc.)  You must have at least two publications, one of which can be your thesis
  2. Membership Dues and Initiation Fee: $117.50.  This includes national dues ($90), local dues ($7.50) and the national initiation fee ($20).  Please make check out to UTC Sigma Xi Chapter.

Submit (1) Nomination Form (2) CV and (3) Dues/Initiation check to:  Margaret Kovach, Biology & Environmental Science, #2653


2015-2016 Officers are:

Dawn M. Ford, Walker Center for Teaching and Learning, President (

Preston Foerder, Psychology, Vice-President (

Peggy Kovach, Biology, Geology and Environmental Sciences, Secretary (

Claire McCullough, Computer Science and Engineering, Treasurer (