We engage the Portland, Oregon scientific and technical community to enhance the health of the scientific research enterprise, provide opportunities for the next generation of scientists and engineers, and promote the public's understanding of science and technology. We are comprised of faculty and students from several colleges and universities in the Portland area, as well as colleagues in local business, industry, federal and state agencies, and medical centers. We focus many of our programs on enhancing the experiences of students at all levels. Many of our members are retired scientists and engineers who have relocated to the Portland area and find a community of interests through the activities of the chapter.

Save these dates!

Thursday, 16 April 2015: Sigma Xi Columbia-Willamette Chapter's 11th annual Student Research Symposiumdeadline for poster abstracts is Friday 10 April.

Thursday, 30 April 2015: Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer Debra Fischer on Searching for other Earths: the next frontier for exoplanet science 

Tuesday, 19 May 2015: Chapter Annual Meeting and Banquet, with lecture by Todd RosenstielHow to Green a Continent: the surprising role of moss in engineering a warming Antarctica


Student Research Symposium

Thursday 16 April 2015

Ballroom, Smith Memorial Union, Portland State University


Sigma Xi Columbia-Willamette Chapter will hold its eleventh annual Symposium of poster papers by undergraduate and graduate students in the sciences, social sciences, mathematics, and engineering on Thursday 16 April 2015, at Portland State University in the Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom. The posters-only Symposium is open to students affiliated with colleges and universities in the Portland area. Awards are given for the best undergraduate and graduate posters in several categories.  At the 2014 event, 45 projects were presented and 22 primary student authors received awards.  The Symposium provides practice for presentations at regional and national meetings in students’ own disciplines.  The Symposium is open to the public, and admission is free. The submission deadline for abstracts is Friday 10 April.


Five local students won Grants-In-Aid of Research from Sigma Xi in 2014: Christine Kendrick (Portland State University), Eve Wiggins (Willamette University), Zecong Fang (Washington State University - Vancouver), Sydney Gonsalves (PSU), and Timea Deakova (PSU). Their projects, and the nature of Sigma Xi's GIAR awards, are described in Student research grants.


At Sigma Xi's Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference in Glendale AZ, 4-9 Nov 2014, the Chapter was well-represented by Linda Mantel (NW Regional Representative), Erik Tucker (Chapter Delegate), and five student presenters: Amy Truitt, Brittney Davidge, Adrienne Godschalx, Dierdre McAteer, and Thai Tran (top row of photos). Adrienne's research poster presentation earned a medal.
Linda Mantel, Thai Tran, Erik Tucker, Brittney Davidge, Dierdre McAteer, Adrienne Godschalx, Amy Truitt.     Adrienne receives award.


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