Colleagues in the Hamilton College chapter of Sigma Xi recognized service provided by a retiring senior member during the recent initiation dinner at commencement. Professor of Biology Sue Ann Miller has been a member of the society for 44 years since she was inducted as a graduating student having published a book and participated in scientific meetings and panels. Continuous active membership for decades has made her a sustaining member.
She served the Hamilton College Chapter for 37 years in all officer positions and on several chapter committees. She was given a certificate and award plaque and a hearty round of applause for her 32 years of service as chapter secretary-treasurer. A fellow member crafted a fine pen with wood case in recognition of her dedication to helping the chapter hold standards of the international society.
Miller also served at the society level as a member of the board of directors and to two elected terms as director of the Baccalaureate College Constituency Group. She chaired the Grants-in-Aid of Research Committee, and has read grant proposals twice a year with the GIAR committee for 16 years.
The Hamilton College chapter of Sigma Xi is one of the first to exist at a wholly undergraduate institution. The chapter was chartered in 1965 as an upgrade from Club status that began in 1954. Sigma Xi, founded in 1886 at Cornell University, is an international honor society of science and engineering professionals that facilitates a variety of activities that support scientific research. Chapters exist at universities, colleges and at government and industrial laboratories in the USA, Canada, Switzerland, Thailand, Lebanon, New Zealand and Australia.