Department of Biological Sciences
Dodge Hall Rm 375
118 Library Dr
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
(248) 370-3550
fax: (248) 370-4225
President - Shailesh Lal 
(248) 370-2875

Vice President - Amy Siebert-McKenzie
(248) 370-4243

Secretary - Randal Westrick
(248) 370-3577

Treasurer - Kathleen Lesich
(248) 370-4662

Sigma Xi

Oakland University has an active chapter of Sigma Xi, the national scientific research honor society. The goal of Sigma Xi is to promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement. If you want to be added to the OU Sigma Xi email list, to get reminders about lunch seminars, the annual initiation banquet, and other events, send a request to Kathleen Lesich (


“HERA: an Earth-based NASA analog to study human factors for deep space exploration”

A. Mark Settles, Ph.D.
Vasil-Monsanto Professor of Plant Cell & Molecular Biology
University of Florida
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
12:00-1:00 PM
281 Engineering Center

Thanks to Dr. Orna Cohen-FixSenior Investigator and Section Chief  Laboratory of Cell and Molecular Biology  National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, for her April, 2017 seminar:  Insights into the regulation of nuclear morphology and a Q & A session for our students. 

Many thanks to our 2017 Annual Lecture guest speaker, L. Curtis Hannah, Ph.D., Research Foundation Professor in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Florida. His lecture "Genetically Engineered corn:
A case for Genetically Modified Organisms in worldwide food sustainability"
sparked lively discussion and input from the audience.

Following his lecture, the Sigma Xi Annual Banquet and new member induction ceremony was held at Meadow Brook Hall.

Congratulations to our 2017 Full Member inductees:

Sara Blumer-Schuette
Suraj Timilsina
Colin Wu
Ziming Yang

and our newest Associate Member inductees:

Sudha AnanthakrishnanTaylor FisherTudor Moldovan
Alexander BagerisAnnika GruppMukulesh Mondal
Geraldina BijaLindsay Ann GuntherTyler Nardone
Joseph BiresAleena HajekTyler Parsons
Mikala CantuKatie HegeAnthony Premceski
Caroline CencerLinzi HobbsZeena Qiryqoz
Jacob CorllJoshua HohlbeinHunter Sorensen
Julia CzarneckiCody HoweTyler Steinhauer
Daniel CzarnowskiStephanie JabroGenna Wilber
Maya EzzoLaurel Levine

Graduate student Afua Dankwa wins award at the 2016 Sigma Xi Student Research Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Fifteen OU students attended the conference and presented their research.

The Sigma Xi Annual Banquet and Research Festival was held March 28, 2016. Presenters included Dr. Gang-yu Liu, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis, CA and  Dr. Michael Chopp, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI  

Eight OU student presented their research at the 2015 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research conference in Kansas City, MO with Megan Kabara and Marie Smirman bringing home awards.

Ten Oakland University students presented their research at the 2014 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference in Glendale, AZ with OU Undergrad Erin Feeney winning an award.

Amy Siebert-McKenzie was one of ten students selected to be interviewed about the research projects they presented at the 2014 Sigma Xi International Research Conference. Her project title is "Identification and Characterization of Actr2 as a Major Thrombosis Modifier Gene in the Mouse." You can listen to Amy discuss her research here.

Undergraduate Iva Sinamati won an award at the 2013 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference in Research Triangle Park, NC.


Membership in Sigma Xi is by nomination which is conferred in one of two ways, and is NOT dependent on the nominee having a specific education degree. Students and non-students follow the same review process.

  • Full Membership is conferred upon any individual who has shown noteworthy achievement as an original investigator in a field of pure or applied science or engineering.
  • Associate Membership is available to any individual who has, through initial research achievement in a field of pure or applied science, shown an aptitude for research.
  • Promotion to Full Membership is available to individuals who were previously elected as an Associate Member and who now meet the requirements for Full Membership noteworthy achievement may apply for promotion using the same protocols listed here.

Please see Qualifications for Membership for more information.

New membership
Download and complete a nomination form. A Full member must nominate the candidate; a Sigma Xi officer will second the nomination.

Submit the completed form with a check payable to Sigma Xi to cover the cost of annual dues to:

Shailesh Lal, President, Sigma Xi, Biological Sciences
Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309

New members can be processed at any time. New members joining before July 1st end up getting a few months free! 

You can also apply directly to the Committee on Qualification and Membership via an online form, but please do NOT apply to both a Chapter and the Committee. This will only delay the processing of your nomination. 

Annual renewal & Dues rate
Annual dues renewal notices are mailed from the National office in January. You can pay your dues online at the Sigma Xi website. A complete list of rates is available online. Please be sure to add $5 local chapter dues to your annual renewal.

The Oakland University chapter of Sigma Xi is supported by funding from the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Center for Biomedical Research at Oakland University and by the members of Sigma Xi.