Geography & GIScience Student Organizations


GGIS Fellows
GGIS Fellows are outstanding undergraduate majors who demonstrate a strong commitment to, and interest in the program and department. As a GGIS Fellow, you will serve as a liaison between GGIS undergraduate students and the department, providing essential advice to the department on student concerns regarding courses, requirements, and opportunities. You will also help represent the department and our major to students around campus, prospective students, and visitors. This might involve assisting with planning of events, speaking with prospective majors, and reviewing materials for our brochures and web site. Our goal is to improve and expand the GGIS major, and we greatly value your help and input. Although this may sound like a lot, these activities should involve at most 1-3 hours per month during the semester. Being a GGIS Fellow will help you develop presentation, leadership, and networking skills. It will also provide an opportunity to learn more about the fields of Geography and Geographic Information Science from the inside, as you interact with faculty, staff, and students. As a fellow, you will participate in shaping the future of our undergraduate programs and our department.

Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) Epsilon Epsilon Chapter
Gamma Theta Upsilon is a Geography honor's society, which seeks to further students' professional interest in the field. Most chapters sponsor speakers, campus-wide programs, field trips, social events and participate in service functions. Members can improve their expertise in the field of geography by learning things not normally dealt with in the classroom. There is a one-time $40 membership fee, and please contact Prof. Julie Cidell if you are interested in joining GTU.

University Consortium of Geographic Information Science (UCGIS)
The primary goal of the University Consortium of Geographic Information Science is to promote the interdisciplinary use and advancement of GIScience and GIS technologies. The UIUC UCGIS chapter includes representatives from colleges, schools, departments, centers, labs across the University. Interests among faculty and staff involved with Geographic Information Science vary.

Graduate Students

Geography Graduate Student Association (GGSA)
GGSA is an academic and social organization providing graduate students the opportunity to grow as academics and young professionals. The principal activities of the group include attending and presenting research at national and regional conferences, the dissemination of geographical education to local groups, and providing opportunities to forge social and academic relationships amongst students and faculty within the department. GGSA membership dues are $15/year.

Association of American Geographers (AAG) - West Lakes Division
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The AAG conducts educational and research projects that advance geographic understanding, geographic literacy, and geographic learning. Learn more about AAG membership, educational programs, and ongoing projects.