Sivaguru (Siva) Jayaraman Named 2012-Young Investigator Award From Sigma Xi

Sivaguru (Siva) Jayaraman named 2012-Young Investigator Award from Sigma Xi

The Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society has named Sivaguru (Siva) Jayaraman, Ph.D., associate professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry as the recipient of the 2012-Young Investigator Award. This prestigious award recognizes excellence in research and alternates yearly between scientists in physical sciences, mathematics and engineering in even years and life and social sciences in odd years. The award is presented for Prof. Siva Jayaraman’s research program that uses light to initiate chemical reactions and control photoreactivity in the excited state using molecular design and nanoconfinement. The Young Investigator Award includes $5,000 and a certificate of recognition.

Prof. Sivaguru Jayaraman was nominated by Prof. Gregory Cook, Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Letters of support from University Distinguished Professor, Mukund Sibi and Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, Kevin McCaul were also provided. In the nomination, Prof. Cook remarked, “Siva is a truly outstanding colleague who makes important contributions to the scientific field as well as towards the mission of the department and the university. Our department considers itself lucky to have Siva as a colleague.” “Siva is an outstanding teacher/researcher who will make important contributions to science as well as train and educate students for the 21st century workforce. In a short span as an independent investigator, Siva has made outstanding contributions to the fields of asymmetric photo-catalysis, nanotechnology & supramolecular photochemistry.” said Prof. Sibi. Dean Kevin McCaul commented, “Dr. Jayaraman makes it easy for us to nominate him for important awards.  He is already a well-known scholar and on top of the national and international recognition he receives for his group’s research, he is also a superb teacher and willing participant in serve to NDSU and the community.  In short, Dr. Jayaraman is the proverbial triple threat!”

Sivaguru Jayaraman joined the faculty at NDSU in 2006. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University, New York, NY, after receiving his Ph.D. from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. He received a master’s degree in chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, and completed a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from St. Joseph’s College, Trichy, India. In 2011 he was promoted to associate professor. His curriculum vitae lists many awards that include the 2008 NSF CAREER award and the 2010 Grammaticakis-Neumann Prize from the Swiss Chemical Society. He was recently named the recipient of the 2011 Young-investigator award from the Inter-American Photochemical Society (I-APS). At NDSU, Prof. Siva Jayaraman been honored with the 2010 Excellence in Research Award and the 2011 Excellence in Teaching award both from the College of Science and Mathematics. Most recently Prof. Jayaraman was names as the winner of the 2012 Peltier Award for Innovation in Teaching. For more information, visit, and

About Sigma Xi (as stated in their website): Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi is the international honor society of research scientists and engineers, with more than 500 chapters at colleges and universities, government laboratories and industry research centers. Membership is by invitation, in recognition of research potential or achievement. Over the years, more than 200 Sigma Xi members have received the Nobel Prize. In addition to publishing American Scientist, the non-profit Society awards hundreds of grants annually to student researchers and sponsors a variety of programs that support science and engineering.