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Current Students

Distinguished Multidisciplinary Students

Distinguished Multidisciplinary Students

Selected students are inducted into the Sigma Xi Society at the annual banquet and ceremony held April of 2018.

Sigma Xi

Sigma Xi is the international multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers. Students are nominated by a faculty member from Rollins College or a research institution and chosen for induction by the Rollins College Chapter of Sigma Xi based on their record of research achievement. Alternatively, students may be nominated by Sigma Xi judges after successful presentation of a poster at the national Sigma Xi meeting. Membership in Sigma Xi is by invitation only, and induction is offered only to individuals who have shown potential as scientific researchers.

The Rollins College Chapter of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society has been active since 2008. Over 70 students have been inducted into the society at the annual banquet and ceremony held in the spring. These students have demonstrated their capacity for research through their experiences both at Rollins and other prestigious institutions, such as Yale, Harvard, UC San Diego, University of Maryland, Mote Marine Lab, University of Washington, and others.

History of the Society

Sigma Xi was founded in 1886 to honor excellence in scientific investigation and encourage a sense of companionship and cooperation among researchers in all fields of science and engineering. The Greek letters "sigma" and "xi" form the acronym of the Society's motto, "Spoudon Xynones," which translates as "Companions in Zealous Research."

Today, Sigma Xi is an international, multidisciplinary research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement. There are nearly 60,000 Sigma Xi members in more than 100 countries around the world. Sigma Xi chapters, more than 500 in all, can be found at colleges and universities, industrial research centers and government laboratories. The society endeavors to encourage support of original work across the spectrum of science and technology and to promote an appreciation within society at large for the role research has played in human progress.

To that end, Sigma Xi publishes the award-winning American Scientist magazine, awards hundreds of grants annually to promising student researchers, and sponsors a variety of programs that serve science and society. Primary programmatic interests include research ethics, science and engineering education, the public understanding of science, international research networking and the overall health of the research enterprise. At the Sigma Xi Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, the society is enhancing and expanding programs in support of its members, chapters and the research community.

Current Students
Since 2008 at Rollins College, 86 students have become members of this prestigious society.  Below is a list of the latest students that were accepted into Sigma Xi.
  • Amanda Michelle Ames - ‘18*
  • Cyrus Jian Bonyadi - ‘18*
  • Christina Fuleihan - ‘19
  • Amy Elizabeth Hockman - ‘18*
  • Hannah Michelle Holman - ‘18*
  • Hunter Tyler Lanovoi - ‘18*
  • Phillip Campbell McKegg - ‘18*
  • Lauren Michele Neldner - ‘20                       
  • Josephine Marie Spiegelberg - ‘20


  • Ashley Becker - ‘18*
  • Alyssa DeLucia - ‘18*
  • Callahan Katrak - ‘18*
  • Eric Rokni - ‘18*
  • (Albert) Matthew Volk -‘18*

*Seniors receiving their cord this year

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