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Fall Letter from the National Office

The fall letter is now available to read. This letter contains important information about Sigma Zeta for the upcoming academic year, including payment information update, officers and advisors meeting and registration form, some important national office items, and spring 2021 National Convention news!

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 25.
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National Convention News

 Concordia College

2021 National Convention
March 18 - 21, 2021


    2022 Concordia College (10th year anniversary)
    2023 University of Indianapolis (75th year anniversary)
    2024 Miami Dade College
    2025 Campbellsville University
    2026 McKendree University (Chapter Centennial)

2021 Convention Countdown

2020 - 2021 National Officers

Executive Director: 
  Robb VanPutte, Beta, McKendree University

  Graeme Wyllie, Gamma Gamma, Concordia College

President Elect: 
  Joyce Horton, Gamma Eta, Marian University

Past President: 
  Dennis Siegfried, Gamma Kappa, Southwest Baptist University

  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:
   Alexis Felty, Gamma Eta, Marian University

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..


Student Research Publication - Andrew Althoff

Andrew is a member of the Beta chapter at McKendree University. His research article entitled, Impact of retrieval time and hook type on hooking depth in ice-angled northern pike caught on tip-ups, was recently accepted for publication in the journal, Fisheries Research, and will appear in volume 225. Andrew performed this research with Dr. Michael Louison, a faculty member in the department of biology at McKendree University. Andrew gave a poster presentation on this research at the 2019 National Convention hosted by the Alpha Gamma chapter at Malone University. Congratulations, Andrew!

2019 - 2020 Student Research Award Recipients

Alexis Felty, Taylor Kowalski, and Parker Williams. Gamma Eta. The Effects of Saccharin on Lactobacillus Casei and Bacteroides Thetaiotaomicron.

Andre Schaum. Gamma Gamma. Detection and Determination of Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Minnesota/North Dakota Honey Bee Pollen Using Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry & Electron Capture Detection.

Arlene Lopez. Sigma. Effects of Toxicants on C. Elegans Based on Differences in Diet.

Faith James. Gamma Gamma. Competition for Habitat and Space in American Red Squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus), Eastern Gray Squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis), and Northern Flying Squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus) on the Concordia College Campus.

Evelyn Diagostino. Gamma Eta. Studies Toward the Identification of a Ketone Reductase in Lens Culinaris.

Hailey Larson. Beta Iota. Sandwich-Type Polyoxometalates as Nanoscale Building Blocks.

Jacqueline Benitez and Abigail Rost. Gamma Eta. Identifying the Effects of Penicillin and Essential Oils on the Viability of Staphylococcus Aureus.

Jasmine Pardo. Sigma. The Effect Exposure Pesticides Have on C. elegans Lifespan.

Jessica Skindelien. Gamma Gamma. Analyzing Energy Allocation in Native and Invasive Elodea Species.

Lauryn Hinckley. Gamma Gamma. Determination of the Efficacy of Chitosan-Alginate Bioplastics as a Delivery System of Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen.

Lauren Bahr. Alpha Chi. Construction of an Infectious Clone of the Cotton Leaf Curl Gezira Virus, an Important Pest in Food and Fiber Crops in Africa and Asia.

Logan Mays. Beta Eta. Development of Biobrick Device that Test Terminators and Developing a New Terminator.

Melissa Staley. Alpha Chi. Detection and Viral Kinetics of TYLCV in Tomatoes, Okra, and Tobacco, and Potential for Seed Transmission.

Megan Worthington. Gamma Kappa. Analysis of Evidence Laboratories & Instrumentation Method Development.

Olivia Vergin, Vanessa Petrich, and Lauryn Petrich. Gamma Gamma. The Differentiation of White-Footed Mice (Peromyscus leucopus) From Deer Mice (Peromyscus maniculatus) Using Salivary Amylase and Cellulose Acetate Eectrophoresis.

Morgan Raines and Jonathan Waldron. Gamma Eta. Potassium Permanganate as an Inhibitor of Clostridium Perfringens Growth.

Roja Baruwal. Beta Chi. Functional Implications of NAA10 Variant E100k on Protein-Protein Interaction.

Sarah Banning. Beta. Effect of Pollination on Seed Set in a Common Prairie Species.

Victor Ariel Cardozo Quinteros. Beta. The Abundance and Distribution of Stingless Bees in an Intact and Restored Forest in Tati Yupi.

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

Sigma Zeta Student Research Awards

Sigma Zeta KeySigma Zeta members!! We encourage you to apply for the 2020-21 Research Awards. Last year 21 research proposals were reviewed at the Nov. 4 officers meeting and 18 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.  2020-21 Applications will be due prior to October 25, 2020.  Plan ahead to apply now!

Research Award Information &  Application


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.

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.  

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Donations in support of Sigma Zeta can be mailed to:

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