New members of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society

The Hamilton College Chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, initiated 13 members of the Class of 2016 to associate membership before the annual dinner in the Taylor Science Center Atrium on May 20. Family members in attendance enjoyed a program of observations by mentors about the students, their research and student plans to continue in research.

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 and Michael Verostek.

Ben Wesley ’16, who was initiated earlier when he was awarded a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, joined the dinner and celebration.

In addition, 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 international honor society of science and engineering professionals that facilitates a variety of activities that support scientific research. Hamilton was one of the first wholly undergraduate colleges to be granted a chapter when its club earned an upgrade to chapter status in 1965.

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