To: Associate Deans for Research, Department Heads in Science and Technology Disciplines
From: Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, VT chapter, and the Office of Research and Innovation
The Virginia Tech Chapter of Sigma Xi (the Scientific Research Society), with support from the Virginia Tech Office of Research, recognizes outstanding researchers at the undergraduate, M.S., and doctoral level with annual awards. This year, two $1000 awards in each academic category will be made. As these awards are made possible by the Waste Policy Institute, and were intended to have an environmental focus, the research should have a broad, but justifiable application to the area of social, structural (built), behavioral, organismal, cellular, or molecular environmental systems.
We are asking you to nominate students from your department (Ph.D., M.S., and undergraduate) for these awards. The nomination process is simple and requires a CV/resume from the student, as well as a letter of nomination from the department head or research mentor, outlining the research contributions of the student, and the broader impact of their research on the environment, combined as one file. Successful candidates should have a strong academic record (at least 3.0 QCA or better), be actively conducting research now and during the 2018-2019 academic year, and be willing and able to present their research (either complete or in progress), as a poster at the Sigma Xi annual reception, to be held in April 2018. In addition to the scholarship, students will be awarded a certificate for display, will be inducted into Sigma Xi, and will be given a one-year membership in the International Sigma Xi organization (www.sigmaxi.org) for the 2018-2019 year.
Nominations are due by March 2nd, 2018. Please use this survey, making sure to attach the student’s CV/resume and the nominator’s letter of nomination, both as PDF files, to apply for the award. https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SigmaXi2018Awards
In addition, if you, or others in your department would like to consider being inducted into Sigma Xi during our annual reception, please contact me for an application. Scientists whose research spans the disciplines of science and technology are eligible to be nominated for membership. We’d love to have you join us!
Deborah J. Good,
VP, VT Chapter of Sigma Xi