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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 Sarah Hosch ([email protected]).



Klaus-Peter Koepfli
Senior Research Scientist
Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation
What genomics can teach us about conserving threatened species
Thursday, March 28, 2024
4:00-5:00 PM
Oakland Center Ballroom B/C

2:45-3:45 PM Student Research Poster Celebration

OU students take home nine awards at annual Sigma Xi conference

Our chapter receives funding from its membership and Oakland University. We thank the following at OU for their generous support:

Biological Sciences Department
Center for Biomedical Research
College of Arts and Sciences
Eye Research Institute
Office of the President
Office of the Provost
Office of Research Administration

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:

Sarah Hosch President, Sigma Xi
118 Library Dr.
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! 

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.

President - Sarah Hosch
[email protected]

Vice President - Gerard Madlambayan
[email protected]

Secretary - Luis Villa-Diaz
[email protected]

Treasurer - Randal Westrick 
[email protected]

Department of Biological Sciences

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