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2022 Convention Countdown

National Convention News

“As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic and surging cases world-wide, the Gamma Gamma Chapter at Concordia College will be hosting the 2022 annual convention virtually.  We will be opening registration and abstract submission soon.  We look forward to seeing you virtually to share research, fellowship, and help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Gamma Gamma chapter. In addition to presentations, we will be hosting a Thursday night social for students from all chapters and virtual field trip options on Friday afternoon for all those interested.”


 Concordia College

2022 National Convention
March 24 - 26, 2022
Concordia College Hosting(10th Anniversary)
Virtual Format

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anna Nekaris
Title:  TBA

Future Conventions

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

2021 - 2022 National Officers

Executive Director: 
  Robb VanPutte, Beta, McKendree University

  Joyce Horton, Gamma Eta, Marian University

President Elect: 
  Joe Burnell, Rho, University of Indianapolis

Past President: 
  Graeme Wyllie, Gamma Gamma, Concordia College

  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

Promote Your Sigma Zeta Chapter

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

2021-22 Sigma Zeta Service Project Theme

The 2021 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..


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).

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.

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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
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