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Geology students have the opportunity to participate in one or more of three student organizations affiliated with the Department.  These groups conduct activities that enrich the learning environment, provide leadership experience, assist students with financial aid for field camp and just plain have fun!

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Kent State Geological Society

Since its inception in 1949, the goals of the Kent State University Geological Society (KSGS) have been to promote scientific interest in the field of geology and to foster camaraderie among geology majors and graduate students in the Department.  In recent years KSGS has sponsored the following geological and social activities: Mammoth Cave field trip, geode/fossil/mineral-collecting trips, whitewater-rafting, camping, caving, bowling, laser tag, and behind-the-scene visits to the Carnegie and Cleveland natural history museums.    

Annually, KSGS sponsors the Fall Picnic involving food as well as volleyball and softball games.  At its Spring Banquet, after dinner at a local restaurant, a program is presented by various students and faculty members.  Highlights of the previous Summer Field Camp (slides and commentary) are always a big hit as are miscellaneous slide shows and "musical" presentations offered by students and/or faculty.  A major part of the program consists of student awards given by the department and each of the student organizations.  KSGS awards include the following: Outstanding Faculty Member, Faculty Blunder-of-the-Year, Outstanding Teaching Assistant, KSGS Outstanding Service, and Summer Field Camp scholarships.     KSGS generates funds to support its activities by operating a coffee/snack table during the academic year, by its sale of rocks/minerals/fossils, and by means of raffles.  Through these efforts KSGS has been able to award Summer Field Camp students a total of  $2000-3000  in recent years. If you would like to donate worthy samples for sale by KSGS, please ship the material to President, Kent State Geological Society, Department of Geology, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242.

KSGS Student Bulletins now available online as PDF files (2000-2007)

Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, Kent State Chapter

Kent State University's Association of Engineering Geologists (KSAEG), one of only 22 student chapters nationwide, welcomes those with a special interest in engineering geology. Its purpose is to promote interest and activity in engineering geology, hydrogeology, and environmental geology. KSAEG earns money by selling soft drinks within the department. The organization provides several scholarships specifically to defray expenses for graduate student research projects. Its members also participate in field trips, sponsor guest speakers, and are active in the Allegheny-Ohio Section of AEG. At national AEG meetings, they present papers annually and help with audio-visual equipment, student employment interviews, field trip logistics, and coordination of student activities.

Sigma Gamma Epsilon, Gamma Zeta Chapter

2008 marks the 40th anniversary of the Gamma Zeta Chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon (SGE) at Kent State University.  In fact, SGE has been a vital part of the department since its founding in 1968. Eligible students can be elected to the Kent State Chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, a national geological honorary society active in a variety of service, professional, and social areas, and dedicated to professionalism and advancement of geology. 

SGE at Kent State promotes professionalism through encouragement of graduate student presentation of papers at national and regional meetings. Each year, SGE awards between $1000 and $2000 in scholarships to reduce the burden of field camp expenses.  In addition to these activities, the chapter has sponsored entire issues of The Compass on  five occasions in: 1969, 1971, 1980, 1990, and 2004. This is possibly a record number nationally!

Kent State's chapter of SGE organizes the Spring Banquet and Fall Icebreaker which promotes intermingling of returning and newly-arriving undergraduate majors and graduate students in a local setting where food and beverages are provided. SGE also hosts the Holiday Party at the end of Fall semester where, again, food and beverages are provided. 

SGE operates a major fund-raising project, the long-standing production of grain-size folders. These handy folders contain actual grains to provide a pocket-size guide to sizes, shapes, roundness, and angularity. Folders are $5.00 each for fewer than 100. For orders larger than 100 folders, contact SGE at (330) 672-2680 or geology@kent.edu. Send check or money order payable to "SGE, KSU" to SGE, Department of Geology, Kent State University, Kent OH 44242.  Include your physical mailing address and contact information, please.

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American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Kent State Chapter

The Kent State University American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) student chapter was established in 2010 as the 215th recognized student chapter. Founded in 1917, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists ( AAPG) is currently the world's largest professional geological society. The membership of AAPG includes geologists, geophysicists, CEOs, managers, consultants, students, and academicians. The purpose of the organization is to foster scientific research, advance the science of geology, promote technology, and inspire high professional conduct.

Kent State's student chapter is committed to volunteering their time to causes that have a positive impact on the community and environment. They also welcome speakers on the history of Ohio's oil and gas industry, CO2 sequestration technology, energy-related issues, and career advice for recent graduates in Geology. Activities include community volunteering, Ohio Adopt-A-Highway, field trips, and fundraising.

For more information about the Kent State AAPG chapter, please contact us at: aapg@kent.edu.

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