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Ian Grant '16, right, describes his project to Andrew Gilchrist-Scott '16, left, and Temple Price '15 during Sigma Xi's annual Student Research Poster Session.

Our primary events include talks by a featured guest speaker together with a dinner/induction ceremony. We have between two and four of these per year. The dinners are open to active members only (and their paying guests), but the talks are open to the public.

We also have a Strawberry Festival at the end of May with a short presentation by a College scientist.

Our other activities include an annual student research poster session each fall.

Upcoming events

September 12 and 13, 2019: Student Poster Session.  View the booklet here.

Past events

Sept. 13 and 14, 2018: Student poster session.  View the booklet here. 

Thursday, Oct 25, 2018: Tedi Asher '05, Neuroscience Researcher, Peabody Essex Museum. 4:30 pm in SC101.
"A neuroscience-informed approach to the design of art experiences in a museum setting"

Thursday, Nov 15, 2018: Derek Brigs, G. Evelyn Hutchinson Professor of Geology & Geophysics, Curator in Charge of Invertebrate Paleontology, Yale Peabody Museum.  4:30 pm in SC101.  
"Life in the Cambrian and beyond:  and explosion of biodiversity"

Wednesday, March 27, 2019:  Stuart Firestein, Professor, Columbia University.  4:30 pm in SC101. 
"Ignorance, Uncertainty, Doubt and Failure - Why Science is So Successful"

Monday, May 6, 2019: Strawberry Festival, Kathy Siwicki, Howard A. Schneiderman '48 Professor of Biology. "Fruit Flies and the Nobel Prize".

Sept. 21 and 22, 2017: Student Poster Session. View the booklet here.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017:  Lecture by Professor Willie E. May, Emeritus Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Director, Major Research and Training Initiatives, College of Computer, Mathematical, and the Natural Sciences, University of Maryland College Park.

"My Improbable Journey from the Projects in Birmingham to Directing the National Institute of Standards & Technology".

May 1, 2017: Strawberry Festival. Rachel Merz, Walter Kemp Professor Natural Sciences and Patricia Reilly, Associate Professor or Art History.  "The nature of beauty of beauty in nature". 

March 13, 2017:  Lecture by Dr. Mary Blair '05, Director of Biodiversity Informatics at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC) at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and affiliated professor at the Richard Gilder Graduate School.

November 16, 2016:  Lecture by Dr. Herman O. Sintim, Drug Discovery Professor of Chemistry - Organic Chemistry/Chemical Biology, Purdue University; Science Center 101, 4:30 pm. 

September 15 and 16, 2016: Student Poster Session. View the booklet here.

Strawberry Festival. Students from the "Our Food" course presented posters. Lecture by Jennifer Pfluger, Visiting Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies & Biology.  There's DNA in that strawberry? And other not-so-tall tales about the cultivation and science of strawberries. 

March 17, 2016: Lecture by Aaron Cheng '04: CRISPR Genone Editing: Scientific Discovery at its best (and Worst?), Science Center 101, 4:30pm.

January 27, 2016: Lecture by Dr. Byrant Nelson, Nanogenotoxicology Project Leader, National Institute of Standards & Technology, Science Center 101, 4:30pm. 

September 17 and 18, 2015: Student Poster Session. View the booklet.

May 19, 2015: Strawberry Festival. Lecture by Scott Gilbert, the Howard A. Schneiderman Professor of Bioloty, emeritus. Biology, Sex, and Mythology: Three Case Studies.

February 20, 2015: Lecture by Gregory Petski, the Mahon Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Cornell Medical College, Science Center 101, 12:30pm. Adventures of a Public Scientist.

January 27, 2015: Lecture by Jody Roberts, Director, Center for Contemporary History and Policy, Chemical Heritage Foundation. Science Center 101, 4:30pm. Re-Inventing Green Chemistry: Alternative Histories for a Sustainable Science

October 20, 2014: Lecture by Tyrone Hayes, Professor Dept. of Intergrative Biology

University of CA at Berkeley. Science Center 101, 8:00pm. From Silent Spring To Silent Night: A Tale Of Toads And Men

September 24, 2014: Lecture by Andrea Bertozzi, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles. Science Center 101, 4:30pm. Mathematics of Crime.

September 19 & 20, 2014: Student Poster Session. View the booklet.

May 21, 2014. Strawberry Festival. Talk by Andrew Danner, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science. Science Center 199, 7pm. Lifting the Fog on Cloud Computer: Big ideas for processing big data.

February 26, 2014: Lecture Photographer Susan Middleton. Art, Science and Biodiversity. For more than 25 years, she has specialized in the portraiture of rare and endangered animals, plants, sites, and cultures. View Susan's work.

December 3, 2013: Lecture by Dr. Mark Trodden, Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania. Modern Cosmology and the Building Blocks of the Universe

October 4 & 5, 2013: Student Research Poster Session. View the booklet.

May 21, 2013. Strawberry Festival. Talk by Vince Formica, Asst. Professor, Biology. Science Center 199, 7pm. Looking glass or Jabberwocky?: Explorations into Animal Social Networks

April 22, 2013. Lecture: Sixma Xi & Cognitive Science Program. David P. Stork, Distinguished Research Scientist and Research Director of Rambus Labs. When Computers Look at Art: Image Analysis in Humanistic Studies of the Visual Arts.

March 19, 2013. Lecture by Alison Sweeney, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of PA. More than just pretty colors: giant clams, iridescence, and the biophotonic inspiration for new photovoltaic devices.