Co-Curricular Opportunities

The geography department provides students a wide range of geography-related organizations and activities in which to participate outside the classroom.

The department's undergraduate organization, UnderDoGS, meets every other Tuesday at 7 p.m. in 319 Walker, and activities the organization sponsors include guest lectures, special events, service projects, and field trips. For more information on UnderDoGS, contact the current president, Jen Spinelli.

Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG) is an official, University-recognized organization with membership from both undergraduate and graduate students in the department. Its mission is to promote the participation of women in the discipline of geography and to empower women who are pursuing academic and professional careers in geography. SWIG's activities include luncheons with guest speakers, outreach events with middle school students, and panel sessions at the national meeting of the Association of American Geographers. For more information on the local SWIG chapter, contact the current president, graduate student Laura Spess.

The department also has a chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, an honor society for geography. The principal aim of the society is to promote geography as a lifelong pursuit and to help geographers share their enthusiasm for the discipline with fellow members. For more information about GTU, contact the current president, Jen Spinelli.

Students will find many networking opportunities within the geography department, too. In previous years, geography majors have attended the regional geography conferences, such as the fall meetings of the Middles States Division of the Association of American Geographers and the Pennsylvania Geography Society. In the spring, a group of students seek funding to attend the national meeting of the AAG.

Geography students are active in initiatives in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, such as:

The Earth and Mineral Sciences Academy for Gllobal Experience, or EMSAGE, is a vehicle to foster our students’ global competence and to promote a spirit of integrity, service, and leadership. All undergraduate students in good academic standing are "academicians" in EMSAGE. Academicians may achieve laureate status through notable achievement in scholarship, experiential learning and global literacy, and service. For more information, visit the EMSAGE page on the EMS website.

At the University level, Penn State offers more than 800 recognized student clubs and organizations to fit all interests. Geography students are involved in organizations such as Eco Action, Amnesty International, and Global Brigades. For more information about the clubs and organizations available at Penn State, search the directory available through Penn State's Division of Student Affairs.