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July 10, 2008

Sigma Xi Awards Nomination Deadline Is October 1

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - October 1 is the nomination deadline for a number of prestigious Sigma Xi awards given to honor outstanding science and engineering research and communication. Visit links for details and guidelines on each award.

William Procter Prize
Since 1950, Sigma Xi's highest honor, the annual William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement, has recognized a scientist or engineer who has made important contributions to research and demonstrated an ability to communicate this research to scientists in other disciplines. The award includes a Steuben glass sculpture, a $5,000 honorarium and a $5,000 Grant-in-Aid of Research to a young colleague of the recipient's choice. The Procter Prize Lecture is a highlight of Sigma Xi's annual meeting.

William Procter was an heir of one of the founders of the Procter and Gamble Company. He retired from a profitable investment business in 1920 to study entomology at Columbia University, built a field laboratory in Maine and became a distinguished natural scientist. Active in Sigma Xi, Procter endowed the award that bears his name.

John McGovern Award
Since 1984, the John P. McGovern Science and Society Award has honored those who have made outstanding contributions to science and society. The award consists of a medal and a $5,000 honorarium. The recipient presents the McGovern Lecture at Sigma Xi's annual meeting.

Founder of the renowned McGovern Allergy Clinic in Houston, John P. McGovern was a former Sigma Xi board member. A noted physician, researcher, scholar, teacher and lecturer, he was a principal organizer of the American Osler Society and the American Association of Certified Allergists. The McGovern Award was endowed by the John P. McGovern Foundation.

Walston Chubb Award
Inaugurated in 2006, the annual Walston Chubb Award for Innovation is designed to honor and promote creativity among scientists and engineers. The award carries a $4,000 honorarium and an invitation to give the Chubb Lecture at Sigma Xi's annual meeting.

A retired consultant on nuclear materials and radiochemistry, Walston Chubb spent most of his career with Westinghouse working on nuclear reactor materials. He has published more than 40 scientific papers and holds 10 patents. He endowed the award that bears his name.

George Bugliarello Prize
Also begun in 2006, the biennial George Bugliarello Prize recognizes a superior interdisciplinary essay, review of research or analytical article in American Scientist magazine, published by Sigma Xi. The goal of the prize is to inspire thoughtful discourse about how technology, human society, our biological needs and the needs of other life on our planet can be advanced. It includes a $5,000 honorarium.

A past president of Sigma Xi, George Bugliarello is University Professor and president emeritus of Polytechnic University. An engineer, educator, writer and thinker with a broad perspective, he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and Founding Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. The prize is endowed chiefly by gifts from the Teagle and Greenwall foundations honoring Bugliarello.

Young Investigator Award
Since 1998, the annual Young Investigator Award has recognized researchers early in their careers whose contributions best exemplify the ideals of Sigma Xi. The award alternates between the physical sciences and engineering, including mathematics, and the life and social sciences. It includes a certificate of recognition and a $5,000 honorarium. Any active (dues-paying) member of Sigma Xi within 10 years of his/her highest earned degree at the time of nomination is eligible.

Honorary Membership
Beginning in 1983, distinguished individuals not otherwise eligible for membership in Sigma Xi, who have served science, or the Society, in a manner or to a degree that merits such recognition, have been elected honorary life members by the Board of Directors. Not more than two honorary members may be elected in any one year.

About Sigma Xi...
Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi is the international honor society for research scientists and engineers, with more than 500 chapters in North America and around the world. Membership is by invitation. Over the years, more than 200 Sigma Xi members have received the Nobel Prize. In addition to publishing American Scientist, the non-profit Society awards hundreds of grants annually to student researchers and also sponsors a variety of programs that support science and engineering.


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