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Welcome to the Clemson Chapter of Sigma Xi

What is Sigma Xi?

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, is the honor society of scientists and engineers that recognizes scientific achievement. The Society is a diverse chapter-based organization dedicated to the advancement of science and engineering through outstanding programs and services delivered in a collegial and supportive environment. It'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. The Sigma Xi vision is "to be the global honor society of science and engineering."

Upcoming Events:

Darwin Week Speaker
7:30pm Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Tillman Hall Auditorium

Clemson University welcomes Jerry A. Coyne, Ph.D. as this year's Darwin Week invited speaker. Dr. Coyne will be giving a lecture titled "Why Evolution is True" on Tuesday, February 5th, at 7:30 pm in the Tillman Hall Auditorium on the Clemson University campus. This presentation will summarize Dr. Coyne's explanation of the evidence in support of evolution as a fundamental principle in the life sciences as articulated in his recent book by the same name. Dr. Coyne's presentation is free and open to the general public.

Dr. Coyne is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. He received a B.S. in Biology from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology at Harvard University working with Richard Lewontin. His postdoctoral research was with Timothy Prout at The University of California at Davis. He has held faculty positions at the University of Maryland and the University of Chicago. Coyne's work is focuses on understanding the origin of species: the evolutionary process of diversification within lineages. He uses a variety of genetic analyses to locate and identify the genes that produce reproductive barriers between distinct species of the fruit fly Drosophila: barriers like hybrid sterility, ecological differentiation, and mate discrimination. Through finding patterns in the location and action of such genes, he hopes to work out the evolutionary processes that originally produced genetic change, and to determine whether different pairs of species may show similar genetic patterns, implying similar routes to speciation. Coyne has written over 110 refereed scientific papers and 80 other articles, book reviews, and columns, as well as two books, Speciation, co-authored with H. Allen Orr, and Why Evolution is True.

More information may be found on his web site at:

Dr. Coyne's presentation is sponsored by the Dept. of Biological Sciences, the Dept. of Philosophy and Religion, the Calhoun Honors College, the Rutland Institute for Ethics, the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, SCLIFE and Sigma Xi.

For a complete listing of events for this year's Darwin Week celebration please visit

For more information contact: Dr. Michael Childress Associate Professor of Biological Sciences 864-656-6198

2013 Sigma Xi Annual Banquet
April, 2013
Clemson, SC

The annual Sigma Xi banquet will be held in April to recognize achievements by researchers during the past year. Contact any of the Sigma Xi officers for tickets.

Read more about the awards here

Fall Seminar
Fall 2013
Speaker to TBD
Recipient of the 2013 Clemson chapter Outstanding Researcher of the Year Award.

Activities of the National Sigma Xi Society
(click for link to national society activities)