Sigma XI logoAnnMarie McCracken, a student at WSU Pullman, has been awarded one of only 17 undergraduate research grants from the international scientific research honor society Sigma Xi  and its Grants‑in‑Aid of Research program.

McCracken is pursuing a double degree and plans to graduate with bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and French. She will receive financial support from the program’s ecology category for a project titled, “An Isotopic Examination of Dietary Niche Partitioning Between Lynx and Bobcats in a Range Edge Environment.”

The Sigma Xi Grants‑in‑Aid of Research program has been funding research by undergraduate and graduate students since 1922. This year, only 12 percent of the 810 grant applications were approved for funding. In addition to the 17 approved proposals from undergraduates, the Committee on Grants‑in‑Aid of Research selected 24 master’s degree students and 56 doctoral candidates to receive grants. Collectively, the students received $87,696. The awardees are from six countries.

Students may apply for funding from the program twice each year, in March and October, on the Sigma Xi website. The grants are made possible by designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences and from donations.

Originally posted at WSU Insider