Gamma Theta Upsilon

Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) is an international honor society in geography open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Requirements for acceptance in GTU include a grade-point average of at least 3.3 overall as well as in at least 9 hours of “GR” courses. Undergraduates must also rank in the top 35% of their class. Students become eligible once they have completed 3 college semesters.  The three semesters may be at a combination of universities as long as the average of all semesters completed at those universities meet eligibility requirements.  GTU typically accepts new candidates for membership once each fall and spring semester.

Sigma Gamma Epsilon

Sigma Gamma Epsilon is the honor society for the geological sciences. It was founded in 1915 to recognize scholarship and professionalism in the geosciences.  The MSU hosts the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of SGE. Membership is open to any person in any branch of the Earth Sciences who has completed at least 10 semester hours in Earth Science courses and has maintained a minimum of 3.0 GMA in all Earth Science courses together with an overall GPA of 2.67 in all college courses. More information is available at  Students interested in participating in chapter functions are invited to contact Dr. Kirkland, the academic advisor at

American Association of Petroleum Geologists

Students interested in careers in the petroleum industry are encouraged to join the MSU Student Chapter of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.  Students may join this international organization at no cost (student memberships are sponsored by Chevron).  Information on how to join is available at:  Students interested in participating in MSU Chapter activities can contact Dr. Kirkland, the academic advisor at

East MS Chapter of NWA/AMS

The stated goal of our organization is to “bring all those in Eastern Mississippi interested in weather together as a group”. Throughout the history of the organization, we have not only sustained our mission but expanded upon it. The chapter is involved with school weather awareness, partnering with MyWarn to help get the word out when severe weather is imminent.

The chapter members have also been proud planners of the Southeast Severe Storms Symposium, held at Mississippi State University for the past ten years.

Education is also a high priority for the chapter. Chapter members have attended talks presented by employees of the National Weather Service in Jackson and Memphis. In addition, the chapter travels to NWA and AMS conferences yearly to both present and listen to presentations.

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