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Spring 2019 Update

January 25, 2019

Dear Sigma Zeta Friends:

I hope you had a wonderful break and that your spring semester has started well. Our 2019 National Convention is about two months away - March 21-23, and will be hosted by the Alpha Gamma Chapter at Malone University in Canton, OH. This is a VERY SPECIAL YEAR FOR THE Alpha Gamma chapter - they are celebrating their 50th YEAR AS A CHAPTER IN SIGMA ZETA, and it will be fun to help them celebrate on their campus! read more...


2019 Convention Countdown

National Convention News

2018 Convention Poster Session

2019 National Convention
 March 21-23, 2019
Malone University, Canton, OH
Alpha Gamma's 50th Year

    2020 Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
    2021 University of Indianapolis
    2022 Miami Dade College, Miami, FL
    2028 McKendree University (Chapter Centennial)

2018 Officers Meeting

 Officers Meeting 2018

Highlights of the Fall 2018 National Officer's Meeting

Sigma Zeta National Officers met on Saturday, November 3, 2018  in New Orleans, LA.  The main agenda item was the review of 23 requests for research awards from Sigma Zeta student members across the country.

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.

2018 National Officers

20178 - 2019 National Officers Photo

Executive Director: 
   Jim Hall, Sigma, Our Lady of Lake University
  Dennis Siegfried, Gamma Kappa, Southwest Baptist University

President Elect: 
   Graeme Wyllie, Gamma Gamma, Concordia College
Past President: 
    David Styers-Barnett, Rho, Univ. of Indianapolis
   David Hahn, Alpha Gamma, Malone University 
   Joe Whittaker, Gamma Gamma, Concordia College
   Bernadine Cochran, Beta Xi, Univ. of Pikeville
   Belarmino Gonzalez, Gamma Rho, Miami Dade College
Student Representatative:
Tabitha Garcia, Sigma, Our Lady of Lake University

More Officer Information


2018-19 Sigma Zeta Service Project Theme

The 2018 Sigma Zeta National Convention Service Committee selected the theme of Shedding light on possibilities of science by inspiring underprivileged and underserved children through science education as an avenue out of poverty.

Share what your local chapter is doing to promote science education in your communities..


Sigma Zeta Student Research Awards

Sigma Zeta KeySigma Zeta members!! We encourage you to apply for the 2018 Research Awards. Last year twenty-three research proposals were reviewed at the Nov. 4 officers meeting and 16 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.  2018 Applications will be due prior to October 21, 2018.  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 >>


2018 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.

Chapter News

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!!


Colorado Christian University Induction

April 20th, 2018

Gamma Sigma chapter was installed at Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO (more).



Convention Collage

March 1-3, 2018
e Sigma Zeta National Science & Mathematics National Convention was held at Evangel University in Springfield, MO. Members from 20 Chapters participated with 12 oral and 28 poster presentations.

Convention Information
Committee Reports 2018

Presentation Abstracts
Convention Photo Archive
Convention Video Playlist


Promote Your Sigma Zeta Chapter

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

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.

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


Highlights of the 2018 Sigma Zeta National Science & Mathematics Honor Society National Convention

Thanks to all for a great 2018 Convention.  Below are highlights of the convention, including awards, committee reports, and more. If you chaired a committee, please submit your Committee Report Form.

2018 Convention Photo Archive
2018 Convention Video Playlist
2018 Committee Reports 
More 2018 Convention Information

2018 Founder's Cup Award

Gamma Eta Chapter
Marian University
2018 Founders' Cup Award

2018 Best Presentation Award

Randi Block
Alpha Psi
2018 Best Presentation Award 
An Analysis of Adult Tick Populations and the Prevalence
of Spotted Fever Group Rickettsia in Two Rural Michigan Counties

2018 Best Poster Presentation Award

Brodrick Deno
Rho Chapter
2018 Best Poster Award

Identifying an unknown Agyneta sp. via DNA sequencing


2018 Best Poster Presentation Award

Sydney Barron, Charissa Lord, Melissa Gadd, and Noah Holmes
Beta Eta Chapter
2018 Best Poster Award

Expression and Purification of Transmembrane Serine
Protease 2 (TMPRSS2) to Determine Crystal Structure

2018 Chapter Honor Award

Taylor Hauersperger
2018 Rho Chapter Honor Award

2018 Chapter Honor Award

Paige Swan
2018 Gamma Eta Chapter Honor Award

2018 Chapter Honor Award

Rachel Baines
2018 Beta Eta Chapter Honor Award


Sigma Zeta Honor Key

Katherine Welch 
Rho Chapter Alumna
University of Indianapolis
2018 Harold Wilkinson Alumni Recognition Award 

Sigma Zeta National Science & Mathematics Honor
Society recognize distinguished alumni who have
made significant contributions to the fields of science,
mathematics, or computer science.  Awardees are
nominated by local campus chapters. The award was
named for Harold Wilkinson who significantly shaped
the society through his leadership as the first Executive
Director of Sigma Zeta. 

Plan Your Sigma Zeta Year Now!

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

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