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Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, was founded in 1886 as an honor society for scientists and engineers. Its mission is to honor scientific accomplishments, to encourage and to enhance the worldwide appreciation and support of original investigation in science and technology, and to foster worldwide a creative and dynamic interaction among science, technology, and society.
Today, Sigma Xi has a membership of over 65,000 scientists and engineers. There are more than 500 chapters at colleges and universities, government laboratories, and industry research centers. They are primarily located throughout the United States, and Canada, with new chapters now opening in Europe and Asia. The home office for the organization is located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA.
Membership in Sigma Xi is by invitation. The most promising science students and others who have shown potential as researchers are invited to join as Associate members. Full membership is conferred upon those who have demonstrated noteworthy achievement as an original investigator in a field of pure or applied science through publications, patents, written reports, a thesis, dissertation or other means. Throughout its history, more than 200 Sigma Xi members have received the Nobel Prize.
The Research Triangle Park (RTP) Chapter of Sigma Xi was granted a charter by the Board of Directors of Sigma Xi in 1991. The founders were Nobel laureate Dr. George H. Hitchings and Dr. William F. Little. Membership includes RTP area scientists employed in government, industry, and academia as well as retired scientists. Prospective members demonstrating achievement in research in basic or applied science may be nominated for membership by current chapter members. The RTP Chapter is a self-supporting non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.
The activities of the Chapter throughout the year include meetings at different institutions in the RTP Science Cafes and a yearly banquet with a talk delivered by a distinguished researcher. Standing committees are dedicated to the topics of special interests to members. The Chapter also sponsors continuing education programs for its members and the area scientific community. Previous programs include issues on research ethics, intellectual property, and the assistance by scientists and engineers in elementary through high school science education.