Founded in 1886 at Cornell University, Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, actively promotes the promise of science and technology. The society's goals are to foster interaction among science, technology and society; to encourage appreciation and support of original work in science and technology; and to honor scientific research accomplishments.
Membership in Sigma Xi is by invitation. The most promising young scientists and students with demonstrated research potential are invited to join as associate members. Full membership is conferred upon individuals who have demonstrated noteworthy achievements in research.
Membership is drawn from the disciplines of biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, physics, psychology and sociology. Undergraduates who have completed research projects are nominated for associate membership by their major departments. The board of directors of the Fordham University chapter of Sigma Xi reviews the applications and invites qualified students to join the society. The initiation ceremony is held in May.
The Fordham chapter sponsors lectures in the scientific disciplines throughout the academic year.