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

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Promote Your Sigma Zeta Chapter

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

2022-23 Sigma Zeta Service Project Theme


The 2022 Sigma Zeta National Convention Service Committee selected the theme "To make science more accessible for diverse audience of all ages".

Specifically, we hope that chapters will engage in creating simplified, easily digestible overviews of complicated scientific concepts and will find unique ways to reach audiences beyond their classrooms and campuses. Communication of basic science concepts of important topics is critical to increasing science literacy. By explaining where scientific language comes from (the roots of words, long and complicated words, etc.), the scientific meanings and impacts can be better understood by everyone. Simple and accessible language helps to dispel fear of the unknown and makes science more approachable to a wide audience. We also intend these “crash courses” to highlight the works of underrepresented scientists whenever possible to acknowledge that science is a global endeavor. The increase of science literacy will enable better advocacy for sustainable solutions to problems facing the world today.

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


2022 - 2023 National Officers

Executive Director: 
  Robb VanPutte, Beta, McKendree University

  Joe Burnell, Rho, University of Indianapolis

President Elect: 
  Mason Kulbaba, Sigma, Our Lady of the Lake University

Past President: 
  Joyce Horton, Gamma Eta, Marian 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:
   Taylor Devine, Gamma Gamma, Concordia College

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.

2021 - 2022 Research Award Recipients

Lorissa Thorpe. Gamma Sigma. How does a unique microbial niche influence HO endonuclease gene function in the wild Saccharomyces Cerevisiae?

Amelia Landsverk. Gamma Gamma. Examining the relationship between foraging behaviors in an urban environment and the ingestion of microplastics in American red (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus), easter gray (Sciurus carolinensis), and northern flying squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus).

Kelly Lorenz. Gamma Gamma. The Differentiation of White-Footed Mice (Peromyscus leucopus) from Deer Mice (Peromyscus maniculatus) using Salivary Amylase and Morphological Measurements.

Alexander Abatayo and Erica Sheagley. Gamma Eta. Determining the Effects of Pharmaceutical- Contaminated Irrigation Water on Arabidopsis thaliana Plant Stress Responses.

Luke Heady and Melissa Guillen. Gamma Eta. Impact of Combined IL-2 and IL-15 Immunotherapy on the Expression of PD-L1 in B16 Cells.

Luke Heady. Gamma Eta. Investigating potential Synergism of Branched-Chain Amino Acids and IL-15 in resistance-training associated muscle hypertrophy.

Melissa Guillen. Gamma Eta. Examination of innate immunity in Caenorhabditis elegans with altered lipid metabolism when exposed to pathogenic ToxA peptide isolated from Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Caitlyn Phillips, Matthew Reuter, Katherine Stegemann, and Gavin Thompson. Gamma Eta. Determining the Role of EpiBrassinolide, a Plant Steroid, in Breast Cancer Cell Growth.

Erin Oleksak and Natalie Prena. Gamma Eta. Correlation of Leptin Concentration and Lecithin-Cholesterol Acyltransferase (LCAT) Enzyme Activity in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

Caleb Beimfohr and Kelsey Ramp. Gamma Eta. Exploring the role of SEMA3F in keratinocyte cell proliferation. 

Jarius Ingram. Pi. Comparison of Two Cardiac Glycosides’ Cytotoxicity in Rhabdomyosarcoma Cancer Cells to Two Common Chemotherapeutics.

Kailey Weiskopf. Gamma Kappa. Free Cortisol Levels in Saliva Samples vs Total Cortisol Levels in Blood Serum Samples of Cattle.

Corynn Knight and Kaylyn Lofaro. Gamma Kappa. Immune Response to Modified Live versus Killed BRD Vaccines in Weaning Calves.

Kate McDonald, Sarah Schwemmer, and Sarah Mckenzie. Gamma Kappa. Perceived Effectiveness and Administration of Anthelmintics in Beef Cattle In Relation to the Actual Parasite Load.

Ally Parker and Mary Rose Foster. Gamma Kappa. Efficacy of Neutralizing Antibody Production of Killed BRD Vaccine in the Presence of MM-90 Injection.

Nicholas Schulte and Benjamin Yoder. Gamma Kappa. Impact of Weaning Methods on Calves in Response to Vaccination Against Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD).

Shelby Smith and Rachel Brown. Gamma Kappa. The Effect of Agroforestry on Farm Diversity.

Emily Lovins. Rho. Analysis of Serotonin Present in Crayfish Hemolymph Using Derivatization by MSTFA and BSTFA through GC-MS.

Jacob Good. Rho. Analysis of Ostarine in Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator Products Using Reversed-Phase High-Performance Liquid Chromatography.

Taylor Nagy. Beta Chi. Determination of Altered DNA Binding Capabilities Between Native and Variant SOX18 Proteins Expressed in E. coli Strain XJb(DE3).

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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


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Donations in support of Sigma Zeta can be mailed to:

Sigma Zeta National Science & Mathematics Honor Society
McKendree University
701 College Road
Lebanon, IL 62254

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