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UT Knoxville Sigma Xi Chapter

Sigma Xi’s Mission is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public’s understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition.

Graduate Research Competition 2014

The graduate research competition was held on April 14, 2014, during Research Week. The official colors of Sigma Xi are gold and blue, therefore the winners of the annual competition are denoted by Gold Winners and Blue Winners.


Sigma Xi winner Connor Sigma Xi winner Thurman Sigma Xi winner Woo
Lisa Connor, Child & Family Studies
Carin Neitzel, Faculty Mentor
Sabrina Thurman, Psychology
Daniela Corbetta, Faculty Mentor
Hannah Woo, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Terry Hazen, Faculty Mentor


Sigma Xi winner Joshi Sigma Xi winner Manga
Snehal Joshi, Food Microbiology
Doris D’Souza, Faculty Mentor
Punita Manga, Genome Science & Technology
Steven Brown, Faculty Mentor
Sigma Xi winner Sasso Sigma Xi winner Willford
Rosie Sasso, Educational Psychology & Counseling
Jennifer Morrow, Faculty Mentor
Allan Wilford, Political Science
Wonjae Hwang, Faculty Mentor

UT Sigma Xi News

The Sigma Xi Graduate Student  Research Presentation Competition will be held on Monday morning, April 13 during Research Week in the University Center.  There will be three concurrent sessions and a schedule of presenters can be found here. Winners will be announced at the chapter honors banquet on Tuesday, April 28 at 6:00 PM in the UC Hermitage Room.

Persons wishing to attend the banquet should email by April 21.

UT Sigma Xi Chapter Reactivated

One of the nation’s prestigious research societies is getting renewed life on the UT Knoxville campus after recent meetings of current UTK members.

The UTK chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, recently elected officers and is exploring options to promote the society’s goals. For the past two years, the local chapter had been classified as inactive by the national organization.

The mission of Sigma Xi is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public’s understanding.

Officers for 2013-2014 are:

  • President: Angel Palomino, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, specializing in geotechnical engineering. Previously, Palomino was a faculty member at Pennsylvania State University, where she held the Hartz Career Development Professorship. She received her MSCE and PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
  • President-Elect: Todd Freeberg, associate professor of psychology and an adjunct member of the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. He received his PhD from Indiana University. His area of research tests how social processes influence vocal signaling in animals.
  • Treasurer: Benjamin Auerbach, assistant professor of anthropology, received a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research interests include the evolution of modern variation in the morphology of the human skeleton, ecogeographic variation in body size and proportions, estimation of body size and shape from skeletal remains in humans and human ancestors, and New World human population history.
  • Secretary: Greg Reed, interim department head and professor in civil and environmental engineering. Reed, who earned his doctorate from the University of Arkansas, is a registered professional engineer in Tennessee, and has certification as a diplomat of environmental engineering. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, has conducted over 40 research projects in various aspects of environmental engineering and has over 60 publications.

The chapter is now seeking suggestions for activities or programs the chapter can facilitate or partner to help facilitate. Suggestions can be sent to


Membership in Sigma Xi is by nomination, in 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. Become a member.

Contact Information

Janet Nelson
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Development
Office of Research & Engagement
1534 White Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996-1529
Phone: (865) 974-0437
Fax: (865) 974-7400

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