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We are proud to announce the winners of the 2023 Sigma Xi research poster competition. Congratulations!

Graduate student winners:
1st place: Emma Coogan
One size does not fit all. A species trait-based approach to bumblebee conservation (and why it matters). 

2nd place: Mohammed Shonar 
Damage-Sensing in Glass/Carbon Intra-ply Reinforced Plastics 

Undergraduate student winners:
1st place: Gwynne Eichman
Development of Hybrid Implicit-Explicit Solvation Energy Method Applied to Non-aqueous Redox Flow Battery Active Materials 

2nd place: Efe Oboh-Idahosa
The effects of Racial disparities in the child welfare system 


University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Chapter of Sigma Xi will hold a two-day exhibition showcasing the research being done by faculty, staff and students on April 12th and 13th, 2023. The exhibition will follow the format of poster sessions at professional society meetings, and will be held at the Library Livingroom.

Schedule of events

Wednesday, April 12

10:00 am: Registration and poster setup

1:00 pm: Opening remarks by Ramprasad Balasubramanian, Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

1:00 – 3:00 pm: Poster session and judging

Thursday, April 13

10:00 am – noon: Poster session and judging

1:00 pm: Presentation of prizes by Provost Hanchen Huang

A complete listing of poster abstracts is available in the Sigma Xi 2023 Program.

Information for participants

Three-part hinged display boards (40 inches tall x 60 inches wide) will be made available to the presenters for mounting posters beginning at 10 am on Wednesday.  You will be assigned a board /location for the poster. Please organize your display so that mounting can be done using binder clips, not tape or pins. Clips will be provided.

Participants are expected to be present at their posters from 1 pm until 3 pm on Wednesday afternoon (April 12) and from 10 am until 12 noon on Thursday (April 13). Judges will visit the posters during these times and cash prizes will be announced for the best graduate poster and best undergraduate poster at 1 pm on Thursday. The posters should be removed after 1 pm on Thursday. A list of posters will be made available to presenters, judges and attendees.

Sigma Xi 2022 Exhibit Organizing Committee Members:

  • Nancy O'Connor (Biology)
  • Elizabeth Winiarz (Retired Science Librarian)
  • Tara Rajaniemi (Biology)
  • Whitney Hable (Biology)
  • Kathryn Kavanagh (Biology)
  • Genevieve Kozak (Biology)
  • Diana Barrett (Biology)
  • Renee Montanaro (Biology)
  • Brittany Velikaneye (Biology)
  • and others


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