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Each year Sigma Xi awards the William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement to a scientist who has made an outstanding contribution to scientific research and has demonstrated an ability to communicate this research to scientists in other disciplines. The award includes a $5,000 grant to a young colleague of the recipient's choice.

The John P. McGovern Science and Society Award is presented annually by Sigma Xi to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to science and society. The award consists of a medal and a $5,000 honorarium. The recipient presents the annual John P. McGovern Science and Society Lecture at Sigma Xi's annual meeting.

The 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 a lecture at Sigma Xi's annual meeting.

Sigma Xi's Young Investigator Award, which includes a certificate of recognition and $5,000 honorarium, was presented to its first recipient at the 1998 Annual Meeting.

The Evan Ferguson Award has been presented annually since 2008 in recognition of outstanding service to Sigma Xi and its mission. The recipient is recognized with a plaque and a lifetime subscription to American Scientist magazine.

Since 1983, noted science advocates, top science journalists and friends of research who have made important contributions to science but are not eligible for Sigma Xi membership, have been elected Honorary Members. Induction of these members is typically a highlight of the Society's annual meeting.

The George Bugliarello Prize honors an essay, review of research or analytical article published in American Scientist magazine. A prize of $5,000 is awarded biennially.

Sigma Xi chapters also sponsor awards for scientific achievement. For example, the Georgia Institute of Technology Chapter's Monie A. Ferst Award is presented to individuals who promote research through teaching and supervising research students.

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