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National Postdoctoral Association Announces Joint Member with Sigma Xi

Thursday, September 28, 2017  
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September 28, 2017


The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) has partnered together with Sigma Xi, the largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers in the world, to offer joint memberships that are available to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.


With these memberships, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars can enjoy the benefits of both Sigma Xi and the NPA at a 20 percent discount off the annual dues rates for both organizations. The Sigma Xi-NPA graduate student membership has annual dues of $56, while the postdoctoral scholar memberships are either $64 or $108, depending on the number of years the individual is post-graduation.


Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, has a mission to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public understanding of science. The NPA strives to improve the postdoctoral experience by supporting enhanced research training and a culture of enhanced professional growth to benefit scholarship and innovation.


The joint memberships are the first of two collaborations between Sigma Xi and the NPA for 2017. Later this year, the two organizations will work together on publishing the 2017 NPA Institutional Policy Report. In 2005, Sigma Xi conducted the first large-scale survey of individual U.S. postdocs to collect data on the policies and practices of postdoctoral training, and released the data in the report, Doctors Without Borders. The NPA’s 2013 Institutional Policy Survey revised questions from the Sigma Xi survey and asked postdoctoral offices (PDOs) to provide answers to paint a better picture of office structure, operating budgets, and university polices and benefits that pertain to postdocs. This data was published in National Postdoctoral Association Institutional Policy Report 2014: Supporting and Developing Postdoctoral Scholars.


Individuals interesting in a joint Sigma Xi-NPA member can sign up using this form. To learn more about member benefits at each organization, visit and