Faculty Advisor: Dr. Steve Baedke
The Society 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.
Any person in any branch of the Earth Sciences who has completed at least 10 semester hours or 15 quarter hours in Earth Science courses and has maintained a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. (on a 4.0 system) in all Earth Science courses together with an overall G.P.A. of 2.67 in all college courses is qualified for membership.
Membership in Sigma Gamma Epsilon or a listing of it on a resume 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. Members serve their departments in a number of ways such as organizing field trips, tutoring, arranging displays, etc.
A one-time initiation fee of $25.00 is charged. This initiation fee is placed in a fund used to defray the costs of the National Convention. Once you are initiated you are always a member of the Society; however, while you are a student you pay annual National Dues of $15.00, plus any local chapter dues. A portion of these annual dues pays for the publication of the four issues of The Compass that you will receive each year. The Compass contains student papers and articles by practicing earth scientists in addition to news and notes about the Society.
The JMU chapter of SGE periodically does volunteer work and fundraising activities.