As our national office states “Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is the international honor society of science and engineering. One of the oldest and largest scientific organizations in the world, Sigma Xi has a distinguished history of service to science and society for more than one hundred and twenty-five years. Scientists and engineers, whose research spans the disciplines of science and technology, comprise the membership of the Society. Sigma Xi chapters can be found at colleges and universities, government laboratories, and industry research centers around the world.”

Sigma Xi was founded in 1886 and our own Smith College chapter (chartered in 1934) was one of the early ones chartered in the 1930s, together with Harvard, MIT, Wellesley and Bryn Mawr. We were the first charter ever granted to a women’s institution. We have a long history and tradition supporting research and most importantly encouraging a sense of companionship and cooperation among researchers in all fields of science and engineering at Smith.

During the academic year, we host a series of talks highlighting research areas within our community and addressing scientific questions relevant to our current times.

At graduation, we receive, evaluate, and approve nominations for associate membership recognizing all the hard work our students have dedicated to scientific research at Smith. We celebrate their achievements with a reception at the end of the year honoring all nominees.