Professor Hargadon Receives Sigma Xi Award

September 16, 2011

Dr. HargadonDr. Kristian Hargadon '01 (Sigma Xi 2001) has received the Sigma Xi Fresh Faces of the 125th Anniversary Award.  The award recognizes 125 members under the age of 35 who have shown promise in their respective field of study and dedicated contributions to Sigma Xi.  This year Sigma Xi celebrates its 125th Anniversary.

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, as founded in 1886 to honor excellence in scientific investigation and encourage a sense of companionship and cooperation among researchers in all fields of science and engineering. Today, Sigma Xi is an international, multidisciplinary research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement. There are nearly 60,000 Sigma Xi members and more than 500 chapters in over 100 countries around the world. The Society endeavors to encourage support of original work across the spectrum of science and technology and to promote an appreciation within society at large for the role research has played in human progress. 

Dr. Hargadon is an assistant professor of biology at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia.  While a student at Hampden-Sydney College, he collaborated with researchers in the laboratory of Dr. Victor Engelhard at the University of Virginia, where he subsequently conducted his Ph.D. research in graduate school on the induction of CD8+ cytotoxic T cell responses to melanoma.  His research during this time resulted in two publications in the peer-reviewed journals The Journal of Immunology and Immunological Reviews.  His work was also presented at a number of scientific conferences, including the International Congress of Immunology in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 2004. 

Upon completing his Ph.D., he joined the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Braciale at the University of Virginia for a postdoctoral fellowship.  It was his passion for both scientific research and teaching that led him to accept a position at his alma mater in 2009.  He has since established his own research program and continues collaborating, mentoring, and guiding undergraduate students.  Dr. Hargadons' love for scientific research and his collaboration with both established and aspiring scientists have led to his own success as a scientist and as a mentor to others.