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Geography Club

The purpose of the Geography club is to "encourage awareness and understanding of the geography field, to promote the idea of global citizenship, and to create a network and environment for students with a shared interest in geography." 


The Geography Club meetings for 2023-2024 school year are in Cowley Hall 217 every other Wednesday evening at 6:00pm starting September 20, 2023.


Membership is open to all students on campus. Contact the Geography Club President to learn more about becoming a member.

Membership requirements involve attending meetings and events and yearly dues of $10.00. 



To learn more about UWL's Geography club, visit their webpage.

Geography Club Volunteers During a Cleanup Geography Club Volunteers During a Cleanup
Student studying at Geography Club Study Event Student studying at Geography Club Study Event
Geography Club Members volunteering at the Children's Museum Geography Club Members volunteering at the Children's Museum
Geography Club's faculty advisor at Earth Fair. Geography Club's faculty advisor at Earth Fair.
Geography Club at the Children's Museum Geography Club at the Children's Museum
Geography Club Members at Earth Fair Geography Club Members at Earth Fair

Geography Club Faculty Advisor

GTU info

Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU)

Gamma Theta Upsilon initiates Zach Pielhop, Cade Rundle, Billy Vaichinger and Ryan Ochowski

Congratulations to 2024 Gamma Theta Upsilon Initiates Zach Pielhop, Cade Rundle, Billy Vaichinger and Ryan Ochowski. (Not pictured are Garrett Anderson, Brady Hurner, Jackie Oetterer and Courtney Osmek.)

Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) is an international honor society in geography. GTU was founded in 1928 and became a national organization in 1931. Members of GTU have met academic requirements and share a background and interest in geography. GTU chapter activities support geography knowledge and awareness. The UWL chapter, Epsilon Eta, was founded on May 5, 1974 and has 426 members to date.

The Purposes of GTU are:

  1. to further professional interest by affording a common organization for those interested in the field of Geography;
  2. to strengthen student and professional training via academic experiences in addition to those of the classroom and lab;
  3. to advance the status of Geography as a cultural and practical discipline for study and investigation;
  4. to encourage student research of high quality and to promote an outlet for publication;
  5. to create and administer funds for furthering graduate study and/or research in the field of Geography.

Congratulations to the 2024 initiates to Gamma Theta Upsilon at UWL: Garrett Anderson, Brady Hurner, Ryan Ochowski, Jackie Oetterer, Courtney Osmek, Zachary Pielhop, Cade Rundle and Billy Vaichinger.

Gamma Theta Upsilon

Benefits of GTU Membership

Most chapters sponsor speakers, campus-wide programs, field trips and social events, and participate in service functions. Members can:

  • participate in numerous extracurricular activities
  • build and establish networks with other students and faculty
  • explore things not normally covered in classroom activities
  • be eligible to apply for Gama Theta Upsilon scholarships
  • demonstrate dedication in their career fields
Why Should You Join GTU?
  • GTU membership is earned through superior scholarship, it is an honor, and a professional distinction.
  • No further membership dues are paid to the national organization after the initiation fee.
  • Members may remain active in GTU after graduation by joining Omega Omega, the Alumni Chapter of GTU.
Regular vs Honorary Memberships

There are two classes of membership in GTU:

Regular member:

  • Initiates must have completed a minimum of three geography courses; have a 3.30 GPA in geography and overall; and have completed at least three semesters of college coursework.

Honorary Member:

  • A chapter may extend honorary membership to anyone whom it feels has, by exploration, research, lecturing, publishing, teaching, or any other way contributed to marked advancement in any phase of Geography. The fees for Honorary membership are paid by the local chapter.
Visiting Geographical Scientist Program (VGSP)

The Visiting Geographical Scientist Program, funded by GTU and administered by the Association of American Geographers (AAG), provides an opportunity for chapters to host a distinguished geographer on their campus. The visiting geographer will give a lecture on a topic in geography and meet with faculty, students, and administrators.  Chapters should contact the AAG for information about the Visiting Geographical Scientist Program.

For more information talk to your advisor or the department chair

Learn More About GTU

Download our brochure for more information

Gamma Theta Upsilon Chapter Sponsor

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