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Amy_SiebertTen students were selected to be interviewed about the research projects they presented at the 2014 Sigma Xi International Research Conference. 

The students were placed in divisions including high school, undergraduate, or graduate. The categories were multidisciplinary, ranging from astronomy, chemistry, engineering, physiology, and many others. 

Amy Siebert-McKenzie, Oakland University, Graduate Division

"My project involves the identification and characterization of the Actr2 gene in the modification of thrombosis susceptibility. And the reason that we are trying to do this is so we can gain a better understanding of the events leading to and from thrombosis in an effort to potentially derive novel therapeutic strategies or targets."

Cell Biology & Biochemistry: "Identification and Characterization of Actr2 as a Major Thrombosis Modifier Gene in the Mouse."

Listen to Amy discuss her research:

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OU Undergrad Erin Feeney Wins Sigma Xi Award

Ten Oakland University undergraduates and graduates presented their research at the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting & International Research Conference in Glendale, AZ, November 6-9, 2014

Undergraduate Iva Sinamati wins award at

2013 Sigma Xi Conference


MONDAY, MARCH 24, FROM 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM 

Dr. Diandra L. Leslie-Pelecky

Professor of Physics, West Virginia University and author of “The Physics of NASCAR” ( is the keynote speaker.  

Following her lecture, the Annual Sigma Xi Dinner was held in the Christopher Wren Dining Room of Meadow Brook Hall. The Banquet began at 7:00 pm.  with guest arriving between 6:00 and 7:00 to gather in the Great Hall for hors d'oeuvres or take a tour of Meadow Brook Hall. The cost of the banquet was $20 per person or $10 per student. The dinner was free for new members being inducted into Sigma Xi. 

Oakland University has an active chapter of Sigma Xi, the national scientific research society. The goal of Sigma Xi is to promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement. If you want to be added to the OU Sigma Xi email list, to get reminders about lunch seminars, the annual initiation banquet, and other events, send a request to Shailesh Lal (

Membership Categories:

  • Full: Conferred upon those who have demonstrated noteworthy achievements in scientific research.
  • Associate: Those who have shown potential as researchers are invited to join as associate members.
  • Student (Full or Associate): Available to any full-time, degree-seeking student at an institution of higher learning. Post-docs do not qualify for the student rate.

New membership: Download and complete a nomination form that is available in either Word or PDF format. A Full member must nominate the candidate; a Sigma Xi officer will second the nomination.

Submit completed form to with a check payable to Sigma Xi to cover the cost of annual dues:

Shailesh Lal
President, Sigma Xi
Biological Sciences
Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309

New members can be processed at any time. New members joining before July 1st end up getting a few months free!

Annual renewal & Dues rate: Annual dues renewal notices are mailed from the National office in January. There are several ways to renew your membership. A complete list of payment options and rates are available online. Please be sure to add $5 local chapter dues to your annual renewal.

Reactivation: Any individual who has previously been inducted into membership in Sigma Xi may reactivate his or her membership by paying that year’s dues. For those who have had a lapse of more than three years, a reactivation form must be completed.

The Oakland University chapter of Sigma Xi is supported by funding from the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and by the members of Sigma Xi. 

President - Shailesh Lal          248.370.2875

Vice President - Sumi Dinda  248.370.2456

Secretary - Michael Polis        248.370.2743

Treasurer - Lakshmi Raman 248.370.4612 raman