Department of Biological Sciences

Dodge Hall Rm 375
118 Library Dr
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
(location map)
(248) 370-3550
fax: (248) 370-4225

President - Fabia Battistuzzi
Vice President - Gerard Madlambayan
Secretary - Shailesh Lal
Treasurer - Randal Westrick 

Sigma Xi

Oakland University has an active chapter of Sigma Xi, the national scientific research honor society. The goal of Sigma Xi is to promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement. If you want to be added to the OU Sigma Xi email list, to get reminders about lunch seminars, the annual initiation banquet, and other events, send a request to Fabia Battistuzzi (

Thanks to Dr. Greg Beitel, Professor in the department of Molecular Biosciences at
Northwestern University for his October 2018 seminar “Intersections of epithelial
morphogenesis, caspases, the Hippo pathway, endocytosis and apoptosis

Thirteen Oakland University students presented their research at the 2018 Annual Sigma Xi Research Conference in San Francisco, CA. Two of our students, Roshan Timilsina and Tyler Parsons won awards in the “Physics and Astronomy” and “Cell Biology and Biochemistry” categories, respectively

Many thanks to our 2019 Annual Lecture guest speaker, Dr. Gabriela Gonzalez, PhD., professor of Physics and astronomy at Louisiana State University. Her talk “Einstein, gravitation waves, black holes, and other Matters” was an inspiration to reflect on the universe and our understanding of its mysteries. Following her lecture, the Sigma Xi Annual Banquet and new member induction ceremony was held at Meadow Brook Hall.

Our chapter congratulates our new Full Member inductees:
Dr. Ilias Cholis
Dr. Adam Avery
Dr. Ali Alqudaihi
Dr. Ahmed Al-Muraeb

and warmly welcomes our new Associate Members:

Khrystyna ShchulbelkaVictoria ValvoJonathon Mitchell
Walter WolfsbergerAlexis KerlMegan Sochanski
Naomi BillingsEvan CramerBrooke Shepard
Kaitlyn McCandlissMariah DinhPaige Nightingale
Farah BermaniNicole FellowsAustin Fee
Evan HsuehSean BradyKatlynn Emaus
Brandon SebouAlex OrilleMahanad Ahmad 
Luke SchiraMillan HaqueRoshan Timilsina
Joseph DipanniHunter Craig
Blake ShaffouSydney Scofield
Our chapter receives funding from its membership and Oakland University. We thank the following at OU for their generous support:

Biological Sciences Department
Center for Biomedical Research
College of Arts and Sciences
Eye Research Institute
Office of the President
Office of the Provost
Office of Research Administration


Membership in Sigma Xi is by nomination which is conferred in one of two ways, and is NOT dependent on the nominee having a specific education degree. Students and non-students follow the same review process.

  • Full Membership is conferred upon any individual who has shown noteworthy achievement as an original investigator in a field of pure or applied science or engineering.
  • Associate Membership is available to any individual who has, through initial research achievement in a field of pure or applied science, shown an aptitude for research.
  • Promotion to Full Membership is available to individuals who were previously elected as an Associate Member and who now meet the requirements for Full Membership noteworthy achievement may apply for promotion using the same protocols listed here.

Please see Qualifications for Membership for more information.

New membership
Download and complete a nomination form. A Full member must nominate the candidate; a Sigma Xi officer will second the nomination.

Submit the completed form with a check payable to Sigma Xi to cover the cost of annual dues to:

Fabia Battistuzzi, President, Sigma Xi, Biological Sciences
Oakland University

New members can be processed at any time. New members joining before July 1st end up getting a few months free! 

You can also apply directly to the Committee on Qualification and Membership via an online form, but please do NOT apply to both a Chapter and the Committee. This will only delay the processing of your nomination. 

Annual renewal & Dues rate
Annual dues renewal notices are mailed from the National office in January. You can pay your dues online at the Sigma Xi website. A complete list of rates is available online. Please be sure to add $5 local chapter dues to your annual renewal.