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2022 Convention Countdown

National Convention News

 Concordia College

2021 National Convention
March 18 - 20, 2021

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ellen L. Aho
Title:  Exploring the human microbiome as a source of new antibiotics 
 (see presentation here)

Future Conventions

    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)

National Office is now open

Please read the SPRING LETTER for important news from the National Office, including information about the National Convention.

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

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..


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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2020 - 2021 Research Award Recipients

Caleb Beimfohr. Gamma Eta. SEMA3F Effects on Macrophage Migration and Differentiation in a Wound Assay.

Adrianna Coil, Kelsey Lang. Gamma Eta. Role of OCTOPUS-Like 2 Protein in FLS2 and BR Signaling Pathways in Arabidopsis thaliana.

Ashleigh DeWees. Gamma Kappa. Cortisol Research for Southwest Baptist University.

Caitlin Diepenbrock. Gamma Kappa. Cortisol Release During Weaning and its Effects on Physical Behavior.

Lauren Geiger. Alpha Gamma. A Potential Role of the CDH11 Gene in the Development of Navicular Syndrome in Stock Breed Horses.

Breea Liette. Gamma Eta. Elucidating the Physiological Role of HOXA5 as an Essential Metastatic Regulator.

Liza Lewis, Kaitlyn Andreoni. Gamma Eta. Invitro Model of Rhabdomyolysis Induced with Rosuvastatin and Metformin.

Allyson McAtamney, Alexis Fohl, Tyler Jobe, and Emily Varraso. Gamma Eta. Experimental Study of Stress-reducing effects of Ashwagandha on C. Elegans.

Grace McIntyre. Gamma Eta. Using a Lipidomics Approach to Analyze the Role of Ceramide in Aging C. Elegans.

Lauryn Petrich, Vanessa Petrich. Gamma Gamma. Differentiating White-Footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus) from Deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus) through the analysis of their Salivary Amylase and Cellulose Acetate Gel Electrophoresis.

Payton Price. Beta. The Association Between PER3 VNTR Polymorphisms and Morning/Night Sleep Preference.

Eliana Rutherford, Faith James. Gamma Gamma. Examining Anthropogenic Impacts on Foraging Behaviors of Eastern Gray Squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis), American Red Squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)and Northern Flying Squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus).

Nicholas Schulte. Gamma Kappa. Immune System Response to Vaccinations and Stress in Weaning Beef Calves.

Haley Stoner. Gamma Kappa. The Impact of Cortisol on Killed Vaccine Effectiveness in Bovine.

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

Katherine Woller. Beta Iota. The Role of FFAR4 in the Progression of NAFLD.

Megan Worthington. Gamma Kappa. Analysis of cortisol and IGg levels in Calves.

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!!


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 17 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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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.

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Donations in support of Sigma Zeta can be mailed to:

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