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.


01 Oct 2016: deadline to apply for a Sigma Xi Grant-In-Aid of Research

04 Nov 2016: Sigma Xi C-W Chapter Student Research Presentations. Deadline for abstracts: 21 Oct.

17 Nov 2016: Sarah Schaack, Department of Biology, Reed College: The genome-wide dynamics of spontaneous mutations over long and short time scales

12-14 Apr 2017: Todd Surovell, Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming, Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer

Amie Romney won the first-place award in Cell and Molecular Biology, plus the President's Award, at the
Sigma Xi NW/SW + AAAS Pacific Division Annual Meeting, San Diego, in June 2016, for her poster presentation: Epigenetic regulation of alternative developmental trajectories in an annual killifish. She's a PhD student in biology at Portland State University, and she's pictured at left with her former undergraduate advisor, Jon Clark, who attended the meeting as Sigma Xi Northwest Regional Director.
Quoting Amie, "I had an amazing experience at the 2016 AAASPD conference in San Diego. Through my newly-formed connections with Sigma XI, I was introduced to many wonderful people. Everyone there demonstrated genuine support for young researchers in scientific practice as well as career development. I would have never had such an opportunity to build a network of professional contacts. Thank you to everyone who made the trip possible for me!"

Joseph Thiebes 
won the award for best poster by an undergraduate in Chemistry at the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference, Kansas City MO, in October 2015, for his presentation on Prussian Green: a high rate capacity cathode for potassium ion batteries. He's an undergraduate in Chemistry and Physics at Portland State University.

The Chapter provided partial travel support for Romney and Thiebes to present their research at the above meetings. Other local students, whose presentations earned awards at prior regional and national Sigma Xi meetings, are listed in Student awards.

Sigma Xi holds a worldwide competition for Grants-In-Aid of Research in March and October every year. In the past year, the following local students have won GIARs for their projects. Each local winner receives a modest supplemental grant from this chapter. The next deadline to apply for a grant is 01 Oct 2016.

Adam Baz, Conservation Biology, Portland State University: Habitat use and minimum area requirements of woodpeckers in an urban landscape. (March 2016 competition)

Caitlin Maraist, Ecology, Portland State University: Effects of endophytic fungi on sexual effort and chemical cues of the dioecious moss, Ceratodon Purpureus. (October 2015 competition)

Jess Millar, Cell Biology/Biochemistry, Portland State University: Horizontally acquired tRNA facilitates adaptation to an extreme environment. (October 2015 competition)

Previous grants have been earned by students at Portland State, University of Portland, Washington State University Vancouver, and Willamette University. We encourage students at all academic institutions in the Portland area to apply for a GIAR. Membership in Sigma Xi isn't required, but 75% of the grants are reserved for student members and advisees of faculty members of Sigma Xi.


Tom Hard,
Mar 5, 2016, 11:32 AM
Tom Hard,
Aug 24, 2015, 2:00 PM