Student Organizations

There are several student organizations in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences that any interested student can join. A big part of the college experience is meeting peers, engaging in extracurricular activities, and networking. Joining a student club can be a great way to do just that!

GEO (Geology & Earth Science Organization)

GEO provides a support system among students in the Geography and Earth Science Department as well as other students interested in geosciences. This is achieved by providing informational sessions to non-majors, educating majors about research and funding opportunities, fundraising events, speaker series, field trips to points of educational interest, and sponsoring travel for majors to conferences to present research.
In the past, GEO has taken field trips with the SouthEastern Friends of the Pleistocene and the Carolina Geological Society, held AEG ( Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists) meetings across NC, hosted Visiting Professional talks, and participated in community outreach programs.

For more information about GEO, click here or contact one of the club’s faculty advisors (Valerie Reynolds, or Jake Armour

Epsilon sigma chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon

UNC Charlotte is a student chapter of the SGE honor society. 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. Membership in Sigma Gamma Epsilon and the listing of it on one’s résumé (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.

For more information about SGE, click here or contact the student chapter representative (Andy Bobyarchick

STORM (Student Organization of Meteorology)

The Student Organization of Meteorology (STORM) is designed to broaden and educate the UNC Charlotte community on meteorological forecasts, events, and processes. STORM will provide an open environment that will strengthen students’ camaraderie, successes within the classroom, and increase opportunities for professional careers. STORM holds a number of events throughout the year: professional talks; NWS visits; Broadcast visits; and community building activities. STORM also organizes the annual trip to the AMS conference each year. Reach out to the club officers or club advisors for more information!

Faculty advisors, Terry Shirley or Matt Eastin.

49er up (49er Urban Planners)

The 49er Urban Planners (49er UP) Club is designed to provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment that will 1) build community among all students interested in urban planning regardless of race, nationality, religion, age, disability, sexuality, or gender identity; 2) facilitate professional development opportunities for students; and 3) encourage active participation of students in dialogues and initiatives related to urban planning on campus, within the city of Charlotte, and more broadly.

Faculty advisors, Katherine Idziorek and Michelle Zuñiga