EEEGS (Earth, Ecological & Environmental Graduate Student) group

EEEGS is open to all graduate students in the Environmental Sciences (ES) Department. This informal organization is involved in numerous activities, including organizing departmental picnics, field trips and discussion groups; preparing and distributing a graduate student handbook; and having a 'welcoming committee' for new students. It also appoints graduate student representatives to attend both the EEES Department's faculty meetings as well as meetings of the University's Graduate Student Association (GSA).  

Sigma Gamma Epsilon


Purpose and Objective

The Society was established to recognize scholarship and professionalism in the Earth Sciences. It has for its objectives the scholastic, scientific, and professional advancement of its members and the extension of relations of friendship and assistance among colleges and universities which are devoted to the advancement of the Earth Sciences.

History and Government

The Society was founded on March 30, 1915, at The University of Kansas. Nearly 150 chapters throughout the United States have been installed since 1915. Government of the Society is by student members and the ultimate legislative authority is vested in a National Convention held every two years. It is composed of one student delegate from each chapter and the seven national officers who are faculty members.  The Constitution and By-laws of the Society are located here.

How Can I Join?

Any person in any branch of the Earth Sciences who has completed at least 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours in Earth Science courses and has maintained a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. (on a 4.0 system) in all Earth Science courses together with an overall G.P.A. of 2.67 in all college courses is qualified for membership. If you qualify and wish to apply, you need only inform any officer of your chapter who will propose you for membership at a regular meeting. A majority vote is required by the chapter members on your application to approve it. The vote is taken to assure that in the eyes of the members you have demonstrated your interest in the profession by participation in your department's activities.

Why Should I Join?

Membership in Sigma Gamma Epsilon or a listing of it on a resume (or the wearing of a member's key or pin) tells a prospective employer or a colleague that you are at least a "B" average student and that in the eyes of your peers you are professionally motivated. Members serve their departments in a number of ways such as organizing field trips, tutoring, arranging displays, etc. Many chapters have money-raising activities to obtain funds to use for scholarships or awards or to purchase items needed for student use which the department cannot afford. Membership also includes subscription to a professional journal, The Compass. Members of Sigma Gamma Epsilon are encouraged to submit articles to this highly respected journal, as it provides the opportunity to share your research with the society. As an associated society of the Geological Society of America, Sigma Gamma Epsilon members are entitled to GSA-member rates for registration at national and regional meetings and for purchase of GSA publications.

Fees and Dues

A one-time initiation fee of $20.00 is charged. This initiation fee is placed in a fund used to defray the costs of the National Convention. Once you are initiated you are always a member of the Society; however, while you are a student you pay annual National Dues of $15.00, plus any local chapter dues. A portion of these annual dues pays for the publication of the four issues of The Compass that you will receive each year. The Compass contains student papers and articles by practicing earth scientists in addition to news and notes about the Society. No page or plate charges are assessed students who publish in The Compass. After leaving school, you may become an Active Alumni Member and continue to receive The Compass by payment of $15.00 per year to the National Office, or a single fee of $175.00 for a lifetime membership including a Compass subscription.

UT Chapter

The UT chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon is housed in the EEES Department. The organization is involved in various student activities, including departmental picnics and field trips. The faculty adviser for the chapter is Dr. Mark Camp.