Sigma Xi UTMB Chapter

Chapter Activities

Sigma Xi Activities

Sigma Xi & GSBS Science Trivia Night

Held on March 27th. Congratulations to the winning team!

Science Trivia Winning Team

Final Team Standings:

Team Name Final
There's HOs before Hydroxyls (HO before OH) 107
Microscopic Expectations 105
Periodic Table Dancers 100
GS no BS 95
The Neuro Degenerants 93
PostDoomed 83
Dave and the Bopps 81
Burn Brigade 65
Dividing by Zero 43


Global Health Education Symposium — Held October 12, 2013. Sigma Xi sponsored $200 Best Overall Poster Award, which went to Axel Moreira for his poster, titled, "The Rise of Street Children in Maua, Kenya: A Cross-Sectional Study".

Medical Student Summer Research Program Poster Session — Held on June 26, 2013. Sigma Xi sponsored two awards for best overall posters (see photos below.)

Ronnie Barakat
Ronnie Barakat is presented with the Sigma Xi Best Overall Poster (First Place) Award by Dr. William Buford.
Abigail Watts
Abigail Watts is presented with the Sigma Xi Best Overall Poster (Second Place) Award by Dr. William Buford.

Click to enlargeGalveston County Science & Engineering Fair — Held on February 16, 2013, at Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG), UTMB's Sigma Xi chapter co-sponsored the fair with Galveston College, TAMUG and UTMB.

UTMB Public Health Symposium — Held on April 3, 2013, as part of National Public Health Week. Sigma Xi sponsored the award for "Best Overall Public Health Poster". (See photo below.)

2013 Galveston County Science & Engineering Fair
Amol Karmarkar was the Sigma Xi Overall Public Health Poster Winner for his poster entitled: Diabetes Co-morbidity On Health Outcomes In Patients Undergoing Medical Rehabilitation After Lower Extremity Joint Arthroplasty. The UTMB Public Health Symposium was held on April 3, 2013.


Wine & Cheese Reception / Meeting — This was a meeting of the UTMB chapter members and officers. Activities of the past year were reviewed. Opinions and suggestions were heard and some goals generated for the coming year.

New Member Induction — This was an opportunity to recognize new members and formally introduce them to the UTMB chapter. A reception followed the meeting.

Travel Awards — Our chapter supported the travel of a graduate student to present her work at a national meeting. We also helped with the travel expenses for a graduate student who went to Kenya to participate in an international collaboration.

Co-sponsored Public Health Organization Workshop — This event, which was focused on opportunities to participate in public health projects/research outside UTMB, was co-sponsored by our chapter.

Sponsored Award for the National Student Research Forum — This national meeting draws student researchers from all over the United States and Canada. Our chapter sponsored the "Best Overall" award for a student presentation.

Best Overall Award at the Summer Medical School Research Program — The chapter sponsors the "Best Overall" award for medical student researchers.

Best Overall Award for Undergraduates in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program — We provided two awards to recognize the best posters by undergraduate researchers this session which takes place at the end of the 10 week summer program.

Co-sponsorship of the American Physician Scientist Meeting, Southern Region — Our chapter provided funds to support this meeting of MD/PhD students which focuses on their research.

16th Annual Forum on Aging — There were over 150 researchers in attendance and 64 poster presentations, including 16 student and 14 postdoctoral fellow posters, at this UTMB forum. Our chapter sponsored awards for postdoctoral fellows. (See photo below.)

16th Annual Forum on Aging
Left to right: Tony DiNuzzo (Director, Forum on Aging), Paul Reidy (Rehabilitation Sciences, SHP), Talha Ijaz (School of Medicine), David Gundermann (Rehabilitation Sciences, SHP), Nick Hurren (Post-doctoral award, Dept of Surgery-Burn-metabolism Research), Dr. James Goodwin (director, Sealy Center on Aging), Rebecca Galloway (Dept. of Physical Therapy), Dr. Danny O. Jacobs, (Executive Vice President and Provost, Dean, School of Medicine), Kiranmaye Balapala, (Post-doctoral award, Division of Geriatrics), Joseph Saenz (PMCH), Nicole Bjorkland, (Post-doctoral award, Neuroscience and Cell Biology), Vu To (Clinical Physiology, MSTAR program, School of Medicine); Not pictured: Carlos Diaz-Venegas, (Post-doctoral award, Rehabilitation Sciences, SHP)