Deadline for Nominations for
Membership usually in early
April each year
The usual recruitment season is from December to April,
but we can accept nominations outside that period for individuals
who wish to complete the process at other times of the year.
Initiation of new
members is usually in May
of each year.
(virtual because of the pandemic until further notice).
- The Committee on
Membership of the University of Michigan Chapter of
Sigma Xi requests that its
current members assist in soliciting nominations for Full and Associate
Membership. You also might know of
Associate members who now are eligible for promotion to Full Member
status. Furthermore, there might
be members of other Sigma Xi
chapters who would wish to transfer their membership to the University of
Michigan Chapter. Graduate and
undergraduate students are eligible for Associate membership.
Sigma Xi is an honor society and
therefore the standards for admission are designed to be
selective. Generally, Full
is reserved for those individuals who currently hold a doctorate and/or who are
recognized for their achievements as creative and original investigators. It is more appropriate to nominate for
Associate membership those individuals who have demonstrated high potential for
original and creative research.
- The Committee
on Membership relies heavily upon the nominators to make these distinctions and
to nominate individuals for either Full or Associate membership based upon
their assessment of the nominee's stage of professional development. Associate members may become eligible for
promotion to full membership as their scientific achievements merit.
- Nomination or Promotion Process:
The current process for nominating and electing new members is as follows:
A member nominates an individual and sends the UM Council a copy of the
person's CV and supporting documentation as needed. The Committee on
Nominations will evaluate the nomination and will determine whether the
person is appropriate for Associate (shows promise) or Full (has
demonstrated independent research). Names are sent to National and the
individual will be contacted by email for demographic information. When
the individual has completed the nomination process, the Chapter is
notified and will receive the membership certificates for signature.
- Become an Active
Once a member of Sigma Xi, always a member of Sigma Xi. However,
there are active and inactive members, depending on whether the
person has paid the annual dues. Those
of you who have not paid your membership dues in recent years
are encouraged to reactivate your membership. Click HERE for information
about renewing your membership (if you need help finding your membership
number, contact Dr. Buchtel at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Your dues help to support the activities of your Society and your
Chapter. The following are some of
the benefits of active membership in Sigma Xi:
- All active members are entitled to receive the American
- If you are an active member, you can nominate your colleagues and your
students for the honor of membership.
- As an active member, you know you are supporting integrity and ethical
standards in science.
- You have access to a global network of scientists and engineers.
- Funding is available for research (and Chapter activities). Many
scientists have received their first research funding as students through
(Grants in Aid of Research).
- Members have member rates for Sigma Xi events and student research
- Members receive discounts on selected science publications and travel.