Sigma-Xi Conference

Sigma Xi Northeastern Regional Research Conference 2015

On April 18th approximately 300 guests from more than 22 Sigma Xi Chapters came together at Western Connecticut State University to celebrate interdisciplinary scholarship.  Three keynote speakers, Dr. Kavita Ramanan, (Brown University), Dr. Adam Williams (Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine), and Dr. Kent Holsinger, (University of Connecticut), reinforced the importance of mathematics and computer science in scientific reasoning.  Researchers for more than 100 investigative projects in math, science, and engineering, and their students, shared ideas and insight that promoted the scientific enterprise and the spirit of mentorship.  This regional meeting unified stakeholders from community colleges, undergraduate programs, graduate schools, and industry.  The meeting highlighted the importance of the Journal for Undergraduate Research, edited by Dr. Kestas Bendinskas (SUNY – Oswego), and emphasized the journal’s role in promoting the next generation of researchers.  The 2015 Northeastern Regional Research Conference was a testament to Sigma Xi’s bright future, and affirmed the important role Sigma Xi plays in modeling best practices for communicating science to the public and policy-makers.

Our keynote speakers:

Kavita Ramanan, Ph.D.,
Professor of Applied Mathematics, Brown University
on The Power of Randomness
Kent Holsinger, Ph.D.,
Distinguished Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut on Advances in Genomic Medicine
on People, proteas, and evolutionary processes:
What’s math got to do with it?”
Adam Williams, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor
The Jackson Laboratory
Title: Probing the dark matter of the genome to identify the causes of asthma

Presenting at the 2015 Northeastern Regional Research Conference

Who can present:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students
  • Post-doctoral fellows and interns
  • Other scientific researchers



  • Display your work as a research poster.  Student posters will be eligible for a Sigma Xi award.
  • Those wishing to present must submit an abstract for review. Click here for abstract requirements


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Please Join The WCSU Sigma Xi Chapter in Honoring

Dr. Howard Russock, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Western Connecticut State University, for his 40 years of service to Sigma Xi, and continuous support of the WCSU Chapter

Dr. Kestas Bendinskas, Editor of the American Journal of Undergraduate Research, Professor of Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry, SUNY – Oswego, for his key role in founding the Northeastern Regional Meeting since 2006 and coordinated 7 of these meetings. We congratulate his commitment to Sigma Xi’s core mission of interdisciplinary scientific mentorship.