Thursday, April 18, 2013
Contact: Dr. Marcia Harrison-Pitaniello, Professor of Biological Sciences 304-696-4867

Sigma Xi Research Day to take place May 3 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University’s chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, will host its annual research day on Marshall’s Huntington campus from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 3. 

Sigma Xi and Marshall University have been conducting this event for 23 years as a way of recognizing the outstanding students at Marshall University, said Dr. Marcia Harrison-Pitaniello, president of the local Sigma Xi chapter and professor of biological sciences at Marshall. The Marshall University Sigma Xi Research Day showcases undergraduate and graduate students, presenting the results of their original projects to members of the Marshall campus community in poster (9 a.m.- noon) and oral presentation (12:15-1:30 p.m.) formats. The projects represent scientific fields such as biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, physics and psychology. 

Much research shows that these kinds of faculty-student collaborative research projects have a significant, positive impact on the retention, grade point averages and post-graduation success of undergraduate students, Harrison-Pitaniello said.  They are among the most effective methods of teaching the critical thinking skills so sought after by employers in this increasingly technological era. 

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. 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.

The Department of Chemistry will also host a lunch that day after the poster session, at which its faculty, students and representatives of local companies dine together and network. 

For more information about Sigma Xi, visit online.  For information about the Marshall University chapter, write to by e-mail or visit online.

For further information, contact:  Office of University Communications
Marshall University | 213 Old Main | Huntington, WV 25755-1090
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