Joining Sigma Xi
Sigma Xi is an international honor society dedicated to the encouragement of research in the pure and applied sciences.
Full, Associate, and Student membership is by nomination. These types or membership are described below.
Affiliate membership does not require nomination. For information on Affiliate membership, click here.
Information provided here (regarding the criteria for membership) is paraphrased from the appropriate sections of the Sigma Xi Constitution and Bylaws. Membership in the Society is not linked to the possession of any degree or contingent upon belonging to some other organization.
Active membership in Sigma Xi requires the payment of annual dues and other fees.
Application for membership can be made through a Sigma Xi chapter (like the U of T one) or directly through Sigma Xi (in which case you become a member-at-large). Qualifications for membership do not depend on the application route. This website focuses on applying through this chapter. To apply directly through Sigma Xi, visit their website.
Full Membership is conferred upon any individual who has shown noteworthy achievement as an original investigator in a field of pure or applied science or engineering. Generally this in interpreted as at least two first-authored, refereed papers or patents, one of which can be a Ph.D. thesis. Life experience is also considered in some instances.
Full Members enjoy participating in ways that are unavailable to Associate Members (see below). Full Member privileges include:
Associate Membership is available to any individual who has, through initial research achievement in a field of pure or applied science, shown an aptitude for research, as evidenced by independent investigation ordinarily resulting in a written report. Associate membership is offered to encourage young investigators with promise to continue careers in research. For nomination to Associate Membership, attach a brief statement regarding the nominee's involvement in research and potential research aptitude.
Promotion to Full Membership is conferred upon any individual who, previously elected as an Associate Member, now meets the requirements for Full Membership as stated above.
Student Membership available to any full-time, degree-seeking student at an institution of higher learning. See our student info section.
To maintain active membership in Sigma Xi, you must pay certain fees and annual dues. An up-to-date schedule can be found on the Sigma Xi website.
There is also small annual chapter dues to defray the cost of U of T chapter expenses.
Sigma Xi headquarters collects the appropriate dues and fees. There are several payment options. See their website for details.
The membership period is July 1 through June 30 of each year.
American Scientist, the official publication of Sigma Xi. A digital version is included in the membership dues. it can also be obtained in printed form for an additional fee.This amount is not deductible from annual membership dues. More information on the American Scientist is available here.
The application form (see below) may be completed by the nominator OR the nominee.
The application requires two nominators. There are several options:
To locate a Full Member in the U of T chapter, contact any chapter officer. If you are applying through the U of T chapter, submit the form to any chapter officer. Chapter officers will notify the nominee if additional materials are required
The application form (which can be used for Full, Associate, or Student membership) is available from the Sigma Xi website in two formats: Word and PDF. The second page of the form has detailed information about member type and nomination requirements.