STUDENT AWARDS

Our chapter invites the first-place winners in our annual Student Research Symposium to apply for travel support to attend an upcoming Sigma Xi meeting: either the Annual Meeting, held in the fall, or the June meeting of Sigma Xi Northwest/Southwest Regions and the Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
At each of the last six meetings, a local student attended with chapter support and won a major prize from Sigma Xi.


Fall 2016: Anh Ngo, grad student in biology: Utility of a low-volume imaging assay to assess the granular phenotype and activity of neonatal platelets, earning the Graduate Student Award in Cell Biology and Biochemistry at the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

Srikar Rao Darmakkolla, who also presented his research at the Atlanta meeting, with partial travel support from the Chapter, wrote: "I learned many things from this conference...key note lectures are my all time favorite... Unlike other conferences, this gave us great opportunity to mingle and improve our network."

Summer 2016: Amie Romney, grad student in biology: Epigenetic regulation of alternative developmental trajectories in an annual killifish, which earned 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, University of San Diego. (Amie is pictured at right with her former undergraduate advisor, Jon Clark, who attended the meeting as Sigma Xi Northwest Regional Director.)

Fall 2015:
 Joseph Thiebes, undergrad in chemistry: Prussian Green: a high rate capacity cathode for potassium ion batteries. Best undergraduate poster in Chemistry, Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference, Kansas City MO.

Summer 2015: Jessica Hebert, grad student in biology: 
Increased maternal angiotensinogen expression and male fetal gender affect placental size and capillary density. Best poster overall, and best (poster and oral) in cell and molecular biology, Sigma Xi NW/SW + AAAS Pacific Division Annual Meeting, San Francisco State University.

Fall 2014: Adrienne Godschalx, grad student in biology: Rhizobia decrease indirect defense of lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus): less extrafloral nectar and fewer 
ants. First place in Ecology, Environmental and Geosciences, Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference, Glendale AZ.

Summer 2014: Timea Deakova, grad student in biology: 
Epiphytic moss as a biomonitor of nitrogen deposition in the Pacific Northwest. Second place for excellence in the Ecology, Environmental Sciences, and Sustainability Section, Sigma Xi NW/SW + AAAS Pacific Division Annual Meeting, University of California at Riverside.