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Summer Update 2019

May 8, 2019

Dear Sigma Zeta Friends:

We hope your spring semester is coming to a calm ending – that was somewhat sarcastic, sorry.  And that you’re anticipating a restful summer with family and friends, in addition to the likely academic activities you may be involved with. 

If you weren’t able to attend our National Convention in March in Canton, OH, you may not be aware that we have had a change in the National Executive Director position effective this coming summer.  After 12 years serving as Director, Jim Hall is stepping down at the end of this fiscal year (June 30) and Robb VanPutte of the Beta Chapter, McKendree University in Lebanon, IL will be assuming leadership.  We’re working hard here at the current National Office in San Antonio, with constant correspondence with Robb, to make the shift as seamless as possible to the individual chapters.

Together Jim and Robb attended the chartering ceremony of our newest chapter in Chicago last month, the Olive-Harvey College Associate Chapter.  Robb also attended the November Officers Meeting in New Orleans and, of course, the Convention in March.  On all of those occasions in person and via regular phone, email and texting conversation, we have been working to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Here are some timeline and other important information items:

  • Physical move of filing cabinets, office items, branded merchandise, etc…. last week in June or 1st week July – Jim Hall and Stephanie Neal, the Sigma Zeta administrative assistant for the past 4 years, will drive to McKendree to hand off everything and provide some tutoring to Robb and the student administrative assistant he is in the process of selecting.  Harold Wilkinson, the original Sigma Zeta Executive Director, did that favor for Jim in summer 2007.
  • We will likely save a couple of certificate and jewelry orders that have come in since the San Antonio office stopped processing orders on May 3 to process from the new McKendree office.
  • Wire transfer of most of the funds in the Our Lady of the Lake University Sigma Zeta National Account to either the Sigma Zeta National Regions checking account or to an account established at McKendree.
  • All electronic files of membership, bills, receipts, activity reports, mailings, awards, etc….. will be transferred with backups.
  • Stephanie and Jim will work a few days in mid-June to finish depositing checks that have come in since May 3 and which continue to come in and get those receipts out to the advisors – AND to get things organized for the move.  Any deposits made prior to the move will be credited to the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
  • FOR ANY CHAPTERS WITH AN OUTSTANDING BALANCE, Stephanie sent out friendly reminders earlier this semester, IT WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL IF THOSE CHECKS COULD ARRIVE AT THE SAN ANTONIO OFFICE YOU’VE BEEN MAILING CHECKS TO BY JUNE 15.  Our goal is to close out the 2018-2019 fiscal year with zero or very few unpaid balances to make life simpler on the new National Office.
  • Belarmino Gonzalez, our Webmaster, has the UNENVIABLE TASK OF UPDATING THE ADDRESS OF the Sigma Zeta National Office on all the electronic forms and pages on the website – SORRY, BELARMINO!!
  • The accounting offices at most schools have started a policy of not sending checks to vendors until that vendor has filled out some paperwork – typically a W9 form.  IT’S UNLIKELY THAT ANY SIGMA ZETA CAMPUS HAS A W9 OR OTHER APPROPRIATE PAPERWORK TO BEGIN MAILING CHECKS FOR INVOICES TO THE NEW OFFICE AT MCKENDREE.  PLEASE DO NOT SEND CHECKS TO OUR LADY OF THE LAKE UNIVERSITY AFTER MID-JUNE OR TO MCKENDREE UNIVERSITY BEFORE JULY 1.

Please don’t hesitate to ask questions of both of us during this transition period.  Eventually Jim will serve as a resource for Robb, Belarmino and other officers but will refer questions from chapter advisors, students and prospective chapters to the new leadership, but for the next five or six weeks, Jim and the San Antonio office are the “working” office, although final exams are ending and spring graduation is this week, so Jim won’t be actively working on Sigma Zeta the rest of May.

Sincerely,

Jim Hall, Outgoing Executive Director

Robb Van Putte, Incoming Executive Director

2020 Convention Countdown

2019-20 Sigma Zeta Service Project Theme


The 2019 Sigma Zeta National Convention Service Committee selected the theme of To promote community between disciplines and to disseminate scientific information in an ethical and accessible manner both to other scientists and the larger global community.

This year’s National Service Project seeks to pull these purposes out of the abstract and place them into the realm of actionable reality. It is no longer feasible to make broad prescriptive statements of intention when so many people in our world suffer at the hands of ignorance and misinformation, and so we are going to ask every chapter to participate actively in our goal to educate. Active members have been given the opportunity to study the intricate truths of science, and have proven themselves quite capable in their individual fields of study. As such, they have a the precious ability to find the connections between their work and the work of others, and can teach the truth to those that most need it. With this in mind, we ask this of all the chapters: find a way to promote scientific literacy both on your campus and in your community. Ask around for the topics people do not understand, and band together within Sigma Zeta and between other honoraries and scientific societies to answer these questions and fight ignorance with truth and compassion. Get into your local schools and do science fairs with the kids, partner with local hospitals to provide information to patients and volunteer hours, search for the strengths in your chapter and use those internal strengths to strengthen the human family with knowledge. We can push back against ignorance if Sigma Zeta members get on the ground and teach with their fellow scientists.

Share what your local chapter is doing to promote community between disciplines and to disseminate scientific information..

 

Chapter News

April 5th, 2019

Olive-Harvey Installation Ceremony  Olive-Harvey Installation Ceremony

 

Welcome to the newest member of the Sigma Zeta family: Olive-Harvey College Associate Chapter!
The chartering ceremony took place April 5th, 2019 where 10 students and 5 faculty became charter members.

 

 


 

November 9th, 2018

Gamma Upsilon Chapter

 

Gamma Upsilon chapter was installed at Wilmington University, New Castle, DE (more)

 


 

September 6th, 2018 

Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL was approved by the National officers to become the newest chapter of Sigma Zeta. They will be joining us as the Gamma Tau chapter in their chartering ceremony on October 11. WELCOME GAMMA TAU!!

 

2019 Convention Highlights

Highlights of the 2019 Sigma Zeta National Science & Mathematics Honor Society National Convention

Thanks to all for a great 2019 Convention.  Below are highlights of the convention, including awards, committee reports, and more. If you chaired a committee, please submit your Committee Report Form.

2019 Convention Photo Archive
2019 Convention Video Playlist
2019 Committee Reports 
More 2019 Convention Information

 

2019 Founders Cup Award

Gamma Gamma Chapter
Concordia College
2019 Founders Cup Award

 

Best Presentation Award

Elise Farley receiving the award for outstanding oral presentation

Elise Farley
Alpha Psi Chapter
Hillsdale College
RT-qPCR Assay Confirms TdT Expression in Previously Immunophenotyped T-ALL Cell lines

Best Poster Award

Isaac Lies receiving the award for oustanding Saturday poster presentation

Isaac Lies
Gamma Mu Chapter
Baptist College of Health Sciences
Comparison of Different Engineering Models of Narrow Bipolar Pulses

Best Poster Award

Elli Strand and Alexis Guttormson, oustanding Friday poster presentation

Elli Strand and Alexis Guttormson
Gamma Gamma Chapter
Concordia College
Using Cellulose Acetate Electrophoresis to determine population densities of
Peromyscus leucopus (white-footed mouse) and Peromyscus maniculatus (deer mouse) in Minnesota prairie and woodland habitats

 

Julianna Franzino
Walsh University
Beta Chi Chapter Honor Award

 Alpha Gamma chapter, host of 2019 National Convention

Rachel Wentworth receiving the award for the Alpha Gamma chapter, host of the 2019 National Convention

National Convention News

 Concordia College

2020 National Convention
 March 2020
Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
Gamma Gamma chapter

    2021 University of Indianapolis
    2022 Miami Dade College, Miami, FL
    2028 McKendree University (Chapter Centennial)

2019-2020 National Officers

 2019-2020 National Officers

Executive Director: 
  Robb VanPutte, Beta, McKendree University
President:
 
  Graeme Wyllie, Gamma Gamma, Concordia College
President Elect: 
  Joyce Horton, Gamma Eta, Marian University
Past President: 
  Dennis Siegfried, Gamma Kappa, Southwest Baptist University
Treasurer: 
  David Hahn, Alpha Gamma, Malone University
Publicist: 
  Joe Whittaker, Gamma Gamma, Concordia College
Historian: 
  Bernadine Cochran, Beta Xi, Univ. of Pikeville
Webmaster: 
  Belarmino Gonzalez, Gamma Rho, Miami Dade College
Student Representatative:
   Arlene Lopez, Sigma, Our Lady of Lake University

More Officer Information

Get a Good Start on the New Year!

Sigma Zeta IconAs chapters become more active in the fall, don't forget to share both what happened in your chapter this last year and also submit your list of newly elected officers. Use the Chapter Officer List Report Form to submit your officers and you can also check to see if your chapter's report has been submitted on the Local Campus Chapter Officers page. Use the Chapter Annual Report Form to submit your Chapter's activites.

Sigma Zeta Student Research Awards

Sigma Zeta KeySigma Zeta members!! We encourage you to apply for the 2019-20 Research Awards. Last year twenty-three research proposals were reviewed at the Nov. 4 officers meeting and 23 proposals were awarded. 

Research awards are an opportunity to seek funding for your research with the expectation that you will present your research at the National Convention.  2019-20 Applications will be due prior to October 21, 2019.  Plan ahead to apply now!

Research Award Information &  Application

 

Apply for a Sigma Zeta Research Award

Sigma Zeta KeySigma Zeta Research Awards are granted annually to support quality research by student members of Sigma Zeta.  Students need to submit applications by October 21.
More Research Award Information >>


 

Sigma Zeta Logo Items

Sigma Zeta Logo Merchandise

You asked, now order soon!
Sigma Zeta branded items available in the Sigma Zeta StoreTalk to your chapter advisor or officers to place an order for one or all chapter members.

Nalgene BPA Free 24oz Sigma Zeta Water Bottle   Sigma Zeta Insulated Cup   Sigma Zeta Sackpack


 

2018-19 Research Award Recipients

  

Abigail C. Burnett, Nicole Lisek, Anthony Wilson, and Adam Travis. Gamma Eta. An Evaluation of the Efficacy of Echinocandins and Triazoles on Reducing the Viability of Quiescent C. albican.

Alexis Guttormson. Gamma Gamma. Identifying white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus) and deer mice (P. maniculatus) using cellulose acetate electrophoresis of salivary amylase.

Elli Strand. Gamma Gamma. Use of Cellulose Acetate Electrophoresis for Salivary Amylase to Differentiate Between White-footed (Peromyscus leucopus) and Deer (P. maniculatus) mice.

John Migliore. Beta Iota Screening for naturally occurring antibiotics.

Joshua Yount. Gamma Kappa. 3D Printing of Habitable Aerodynamic Structures.

Kegan Main and Jonas Smith. Gamma Eta Categorization of Head and Neck Cancer Cell Lines Through Phenotypic Specific Migration.

Korbyn Dahlquist. Beta Iota. The role of lipolysis and lipophagy in NAFLD.

Kristen Buss. Gamma Eta. Correlation of Low Doses of Actinomycin D Chemotherapy on Multiple Human Cancer Cell Lines with Increased Nucleolar Amplification.

Leah Noe. Gamma Eta. Selective Inhibition of Aspartate Aminotransferase by L-Cycloserine in the Presence of Vitamin B₆ to Test Glutamate Concentration Levels.

Levi Coyle. Beta Eta. Comparison of the effects of tilapia and bluegills in a small-scale private aquaponics system.

Maggie Crider and Megan Andersen. Beta Eta. Isolation, identification and antimicrobial activity of local fungi in the context of middle school STEM mentorship and outreach.

Megan Desoriers. Gamma Eta.Isolation and Identification of Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR) Bacteria in an Urban Wetland Ecosystem.

Mollie Francis. Gamma Gamma.Comparative Analysis of Squirrel Behavior and Habitat use in Light of Climate Change.

Nicholas Arroyo. Gamma Sigma. Reversing cancer phenotypes in Vero cells by overexpressing tumor suppressor, p16INK4a.

Rachel Hurrell, Christopher Jones, Jackson Miller. Rho.High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC).

Sonja Gilje. Gamma Gamma.Using Radio Telemetry to Assess the Behaviors and Habitat Use of Urban Grey Squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) and Potential Competition with Red Squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus).

Aaron Williams. Sigma.Caenorhabditis elegans Health and Longevity on the Bacteria Citrobacter freundii in Comparison to Escherichia coli.

Stephanie Martinez. Sigma.Dietary Effects of Bacillus cereus and Escherichia coli on C. elegans Health.

WuShuang Yang, Htoo Thu, Brittany Fahringer, and Mason Mockobee. Gamma Eta.Supplementation of Metformin with Vitamin D to Improve Glucose Uptake and Lower Triglyceride Levels in Drosophila melanogaster.

Isaac Lies. Gamma Mu.Comparison of different engineering models of Narrow Bipolar Pulses.

Olivia Sirpella. Beta Chi.Functional Aspects of SOX18 variant E137K on Transcriptional Activity.

Shannon Taylor, Kyle Palermo, and Adam Schuder. Gamma Eta.Elucidating L-Leucine Protein Synthesis Pathways in Yeast Using Gcn4 Depletion Strain and Rapamycin.

Abbegale ReevesGamma Kappa.3D Printing of Upper Extremity Prosthetics and Translation of Pressure Sensors to Activation.

Starting a New Sigma Zeta Chapter

 Sigma Zeta welcomes the formation of new campus chapters interested in furthering the purpose of the society as stated in the mission statement:

A national undergraduate honor society to encourage and foster scholarly activity and recognize academic scholarship in the natural and computer sciences and mathematics

Steps to forming a Sigma Zeta chapter at your College or University:

  • Gather a group of science and math students and faculty interested in a science honor society for all science and math students.  Sigma Zeta includes all science and Math oriented departments, majors, and students. Especially important is one or more faculty willing to actively encourage and support your local Sigma Zeta chapter and to hopefully also become involved with the National Sigma Zeta organization.

  • Submit a new chapter application form.

Promote Your Sigma Zeta Chapter

Chapters are encouraged to share Sigma Zeta events and milestones on your local campus and with the National Chapter. 

Plan Your Sigma Zeta Year Now!

Sigma Zeta IconPlanning your yearly chapter activity calendar is a great way to start the chapter year.  

Support Sigma Zeta

Donations in support of Sigma Zeta can be mailed to:

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