Thursday, January 17, 2013

UNO's Chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon Announces New Inductees

The University of New Orleans chapter of the Society of Sigma Gamma Epsilon announced this week new inductees into the honor society established to recognize scholarship and professionalism in the earth sciences. The society aims to help members advance their scholastic, scientific and professional goals and build relationships among peers studying earth sciences at other colleges and universities.

Initiation of new members is typically held both fall and spring semesters, according to national guidelines for the honor society. Any student pursuing earth sciences who has completed at least 10 semester hours or 15 quarter hours and maintained a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 system in all earth sciences courses, together with an overall grade point average of 2.67 in all college courses is qualified for membership. UNO students hoping to join the society should express interest to a chapter officer or advisor and request proposal for membership.

This spring the UNO chapter of the Society of Sigma Gamma Epsilon welcomes the following new members, who are all majoring in earth and environmental sciences at the University, according to Andy Lade, secretary:

Maiadah Bader
David Brassieur
Rachel von Bodungen
Rachel Caroline Carter
Angela Denniston
Myles Felch
Raechel Fisher
Jon Guidry
Emily Harper

Joseph H. Jenkins II
Andrew John Lade
Kathryn Langley
Matthew Santiago
Cris Silva
Brooke Weiss
Whitney Welch
Amanda Jo Zimmerman

The society's national guidelines state that membership tells prospective employers and colleagues that a member is at least a "B" average student who is considered professionally motivated by his or peers. Membership entails fulfilling a service requirement through tutoring, event planning, fundraising for scholarships and awards and other activities.

Members are also encouraged to submit articles to the Society's professional journal, The Compass, which includes student papers and articles by practicing earth scientists. Sigma Gamma Epsilon is also an associated society of the Geological Society of America and members are also thus entitled to GSA-member rates for registration at national and regional meetings and for purchase of GSA publications.

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