Department of Biological Sciences

Dodge Hall Rm 375
118 Library Dr
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
(location map)
(248) 370-3550
fax: (248) 370-4225

President - Fabia Battistuzzi
Vice President - Gerard Madlambayan
Secretary - Shaliesh Lal

Treasurer - Randal Westrick 

Sigma Xi

Oakland University has an active chapter of Sigma Xi, the national scientific research honor 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 Fabia Battistuzzi (


Fifteen Oakland University students presented their research at the 2017 Sigma Xi Student Research Conference in Raleigh, NC. Genna Wilber won an award in the category of Physiology.

Thanks to Dr. A. Mark Settles, Vasil-Monsanto Professor of Plant Cell & Molecular Biology University of Florida for his October, 2017 seminar:  HERA: an Earth-based NASA analog to study human factors for deep space exploration. 

Thanks to Dr. Orna Cohen-Fix, S enior Investigator and Section Chief  Laboratory of Cell and Molecular Biology  National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, for her April, 2017 seminar:  Insights into the regulation of nuclear morphology and a Q & A session for our students

Many thanks to our 2017 Annual Lecture guest speaker, L. Curtis Hannah, Ph.D., Research Foundation Professor in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Florida. His lecture "Genetically Engineered corn:
A case for Genetically Modified Organisms in worldwide food sustainability"
sparked lively discussion and input from the audience.

Following his lecture, the Sigma Xi Annual Banquet and new member induction ceremony was held at Meadow Brook Hall.

Congratulations to our 2017 Full Member inductees:

Sara Blumer-Schuette
Suraj Timilsina
Colin Wu
Ziming Yang

and our newest Associate Member inductees:

Sudha AnanthakrishnanTaylor FisherTudor Moldovan
Alexander BagerisAnnika GruppMukulesh Mondal
Geraldina BijaLindsay Ann GuntherTyler Nardone
Joseph BiresAleena HajekTyler Parsons
Mikala CantuKatie HegeAnthony Premceski
Caroline CencerLinzi HobbsZeena Qiryqoz
Jacob CorllJoshua HohlbeinHunter Sorensen
Julia CzarneckiCody HoweTyler Steinhauer
Daniel CzarnowskiStephanie JabroGenna Wilber
Maya EzzoLaurel Levine

Membership in Sigma Xi is by nomination which is conferred in one of two ways, and is NOT dependent on the nominee having a specific education degree. Students and non-students follow the same review process.

  • Full Membership is conferred upon any individual who has shown noteworthy achievement as an original investigator in a field of pure or applied science or engineering.
  • Associate Membership is available to any individual who has, through initial research achievement in a field of pure or applied science, shown an aptitude for research.
  • Promotion to Full Membership is available to individuals who were previously elected as an Associate Member and who now meet the requirements for Full Membership noteworthy achievement may apply for promotion using the same protocols listed here.

Please see Qualifications for Membership for more information.

New membership
Download and complete a nomination form. A Full member must nominate the candidate; a Sigma Xi officer will second the nomination.

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

Fabia Battistuzzi, President, Sigma Xi, Biological Sciences
Oakland University

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

You can also apply directly to the Committee on Qualification and Membership via an online form, but please do NOT apply to both a Chapter and the Committee. This will only delay the processing of your nomination. 

Annual renewal & Dues rate
Annual dues renewal notices are mailed from the National office in January. You can pay your dues online at the Sigma Xi website. A complete list of rates is available online. Please be sure to add $5 local chapter dues to your annual renewal.

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, the Center for Biomedical Research at Oakland University and by the members of Sigma Xi.