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SIGMA Xi Events

Our primary events include talks by a featured guest speaker with a dinner and induction ceremony.  Guest speakers communicate their insights and excitement to a broad range of scholars and to the community at large. Dinner is open to Sigma Xi members and lecture open to the public.

In the fall,  the Swarthmore College Chapter of Sigma Xi sponsors a Poster Session. At this poster session, students are encouraged to present their research, particularly if they have engaged in research during the previous summer, either on or off campus. Participation in the poster session is a way to share research experiences and findings with the broader college community. It also makes a presenter eligible to be nominated to Sigma Xi (our chapter covers the initial membership fee). 

And we host a Strawberry Festival at the end of May with a short presentation by a College scientist where Sigma Xi members, students and the public have an opportunity to hear exceptional talks and to ask questions of experts. 

Past events

September 30, 2022 . Student Poster Session: View booklet.

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

Wednesday, March 27, 2019:  Stuart Firestein, Professor, Columbia University, 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".

Thursday, Oct 25, 2018: Tedi Asher '05, Neuroscience Researcher, Peabody Essex Museum, SC 101. "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, SC101.  "Life in the Cambrian and beyond:  and explosion of biodiversity"

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