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Honor society walking 'on Wild Side of Science' with Scouts

Alfred University’s (AU) chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, is hosting “Come Take a Walk on the Wild Side of Science” to help local Girl Scouts earn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related badges.

The event will take place on Sunday, April 6 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Participating AU student groups include the Alpha Helix Biology Club, Astronomy Club, Chemistry Club, Green Alfred, Keramos, and Psychology Club.

Each Girl Scout level will be working on different badges and activities.  Daisy girls will participate in science and nature activities, Brownies will complete the Home Scientist badge, Juniors will complete the Flowers badge, Cadettes will fulfill the Science of Happiness badge requirements, Seniors will complete the Sky badge, and Ambassadors will complete the Water badge.

The cost per Scout is $3 which includes a patch and program materials. Girl Scouts/troops should register online at For more information, please email

Membership to Sigma Xi is by invitation and nominations are made by the faculty based on initial research achievement in a field of pure or applied science or displaying aptitude for future research. All biology, chemistry, engineering, environmental studies, and physics students are eligible for nomination. Faculty members may also be accepted into membership.

Sigma Xi was founded in 1886 to honor excellence in scientific investigation and encourage a sense of companionship and cooperation among research in all fields of science and engineering. Today, Sigma Xi is an international, multidisciplinary research honor society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement. The Society endeavors to encourage support of original work across the spectrum of science and technology to promote an appreciation within society at large for the role research has played in human progress.