The 24th Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013, at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Undergraduate and graduate students working in the areas of Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, the Natural, and the Social Sciences are invited and encouraged to present the results of their work in the poster sessions. We expect, as in previous years, over 100 students from the region's colleges and universities to attend.
The Symposium will commence at 5:00 PM on the Saint Joseph's University Campus
in Philadelphia, PA. It will open with the keynote address in the
Wolfington Teletorium in Mandeville Hall. The poster sessions will start at
6:45 in the Campion Student Center.
This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Irene Pepperberg, Research Associate and
Lecturer, Dept. of Psychology, Harvard University, and Adjunct Associate
Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Brandeis University. Her talk is entitled
"Numerical Competence Studies on a Grey Parrot." This talk is
free and open to the public. Dr. Pepperberg will also be this year's
recipient of the Christopher Clavius, S.J. award. This award recognizes
the work of inspirational scientists, researchers and policy makers.
Clavius, a Jesuit mathematician and astronomer is best known as an
architect of the modern Gregorian calendar and as an inspiration to such
thinkers as Kepler, Descartes and Leibniz. As one of the world's foremost
authorities on animal cognitive capabilities, Dr. Pepperberg is particularly
deserving of this award. Indeed, over the course of her impressive career
she has been the recipient of many fellowships, grants, and awards. Her
book, The Alex Studies, describing over 20 years of peer-reviewed experiments
on Grey parrots, received favorable mention from publications as diverse as the
New York Times and Science. Her memoir, Alex & Me, was a New York Times
bestseller and won a Christopher Award. She has presented her findings nationally
and internationally at universities and scientific congresses, often as a
keynote or plenary speaker, and has published numerous journal articles,
reviews, and book chapters. She is a fellow of the Animal Behavior Society, the
American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the
American Ornithologists' Union, AAAS, the Midwestern Psychological Society, the
Eastern Psychological Association (where she is now also a board member), and
presently serves as consulting editor for three journals and as associate
editor for The Journal of Comparative Psychology.
The registration fee for the symposium is $25 for students and $40 for faculty
members. The optional dinner at Saint Joseph's is an additional $15 for both
students and faculty. Registration and abstracts are due by Tuesday March
19th, 2013. For more information including online registration for the
symposium, please visit http://www.sju.edu/srs.
Please share this announcement with any potentially interested students
or faculty. We look forward to seeing you and your students this April.