Student Organizations

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Gamma Theta Upsilon

Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) is an international geographical honor society open to geography students. Prerequisites for regular membership include completion of a minimum of nine credits above the 100 level in geography, a geography grade point average of "B", and payment of a lifetime membership fee.

GTU’s goals are to “further professional interest in Geography by affording a common organization for those interested in the field, strengthen student and professional training through academic experiences in addition to those of the classroom and laboratory, advance the status of Geography as a cultural and practical discipline for study and investigation, encourage student research of high quality and to promote an outlet for publication, and create and administer funds for furthering graduate study and/or research in the field of Geography Cub.”

Geo Club

The Geo Club is an informal organization open without restriction to all students interested in the field of geography and geoscience.

Students are encouraged to join GTU/Geo Club. Membership is helpful in learning more about geography and geoscience, in developing leadership and organizational skills, in establishing professional contacts, and in gaining employment. Activities, jointly sponsored by Gamma Theta Upsilon and the Geo Club, include field trips, professional presentations, and social events.

The local chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon/Geo Club has established two scholarships for geography majors -- an Academic Scholarship and Potential as a Geographer Scholarship. The scholarships are announced at the Department's Spring Banquet. Scholarship awardees, who are chosen by the Department's Student Affairs Committee, receive a certificate and a check from Gamma Theta Upsilon/Geography Club which is credited toward their Fall tuition. Criteria for the scholarships can be obtained through the departmental office.

Scholarships also are available through the national Gamma Theta Upsilon Society. The Society offers three scholarships for undergraduates, one for a senior entering graduate school and one for a continuing graduate student. Scholarship criteria and applications are available on GTU’s website: www.gtuhonors.org.