The Hamilton College Chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, elected 14 members of the Class of 2016 to associate membership on May 3.
The students are: Joelle Baer, John Bennett, Austin Durham, David Freeman, Olivia Gozdz, Elizabeth Larson, Alex Mitko, Eric Nieminen, Lillie Ogden, Abigail Quirk, Kenneth Ratliff, Emily Rubinstein, Michael Verostek and Ben Wesley.
Assistant Professor of Physics Katherine Brown, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Farah Dawood and Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Raj Mohan were elected to full membership. Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Mark Sasaki was promoted from associate membership to full membership.
Sigma Xi is an honor assembly of scientists who are active in science careers. Associate membership is offered to students who are expected by demonstrated activity in research to eventually qualify for full membership.
The organization facilitates a variety of activities that support scientific research. Best known are the Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research program that has awarded funds to graduate and undergraduate students in a highly competitive pool of applications for more than 90 years, and the award-winning interdisciplinary journal, American Scientist.