Purpose and Objectives
The Society of Sigma Gamma Epsilon 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 200 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 Bylaws of the Society are located here.
How Can I Join?
Any person in any branch of the Earth Sciences who has completed at least 10 semester hours or 15 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 join, you need only inform any officer or the Advisor of your departmentís chapter and they can propose you for membership. Initiation of new members is typically held both fall and spring semesters.
Why Should I Join?
Membership in Sigma Gamma Epsilon and the listing of it on oneís rťsumť (or the wearing of a member's 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 and awards or to purchase items needed for student use or to assist the department in other ways.† Members of Sigma Gamma Epsilon are encouraged to submit articles to the Societyís professional journal, The Compass, as it provides the opportunity to share your research with the Society. The Compass contains student papers and articles by practicing earth scientists in addition to news and notes about 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 $25.00 is charged. 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. After leaving school, you may become an Active Alumni Member by a payment of $15.00 per year to the National Office, or a single fee of $175.00 for a lifetime membership.
Does your school have a chapter?
A list of chapters is given here. If you do not now have an active chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon at your college or university, the National Office will gladly furnish information and give assistance in reactivating an inactive chapter or chartering a new chapter.
Address all inquiries to:
Dr. James C. Walters
† Contact us:
† Sigma Gamma† Epsilon
† P.O. Box 506
† Gilbertville, IA 50634
† Paula Even† 319-505-3391
† Fax: 319-273-7124