Student Clubs

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Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU)

Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) is an international honor society in geography and open to qualified students at MSU. Gamma Theta Upsilon was founded in 1928 and became a national organization in 1931. Members of GTU have met academic requirements and share a background and interest in geography. GTU chapter activities support geography knowledge and awareness. GTU is part of the Association of College Honor Societies. It publishes a journal, The Geographical Bulletin. Membership in such an organization connects students with a global network of geographers, provides access to scholarship and travel funds, and for undergrads, in particular, is a helpful addition to a resume. Faculty are also encouraged to apply. A one-time membership fee of $40 is currently good for life.

Geography Club (GEOClub)

The Geography Club is a registered student organization at Michigan State University that welcomes all undergraduate students who are interested in the geography of our world, how human communities interact with the environment, and how geography information is represented.

Visit the MSU Geography Club Facebook page.

Geography Graduate student Group (Triple G)

The Geography Graduate student Group is a social organization for (you guessed it!) Geography Graduate students. Its primary functions are monthly business meetings, colloquiums with speakers from both the MSU campus and from elsewhere, as well as Happy Hours on Fridays after class. To organize these functions, the group has officer positions, which are simple ways to add leadership experience to students’ resumes. During the monthly meetings, information is provided about funding opportunities and various happenings around the department. The meetings are also opportunities to raise concerns that group officers can take back to the department faculty. The colloquiums are graduate student-organized, allowing students to choose speakers they would like to hear. When guest speakers from outside the MSU community are invited, group meals are arranged to provide students the opportunity to get to know the speaker better. The Friday Happy Hours is simply a fantastic way to unwind with like-minded people at the end of the week. Graduate school can be stressful, but it is much easier to manage with a support group of good friends with whom you can share the experience.

For more information, contact Dr. Nathan Moore.

Visit the Triple G Facebook page.

Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG) – MSU Chapter

Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG) is a national organization that empowers women within the field of geography by creating academic and professional opportunities as well as community support. SWIG’s MSU chapter hosts a breakfasts series that creates an intimate space allowing students to talk with female geographers or female leaders, a weekly writing group to share writing goals and designate consistent time each week to work towards these goals, a graduate-undergraduate mentorship program, professional development workshops, and various social events, like game nights and movie nights. Joining SWIG allows you to become a part of a supportive community here at MSU and to the larger nationwide network of SWIG members.

For more information contact SWIG President Michelle Bullock at or SWIG Faculty Advisor Sue Grady at In addition, you can contact SWIG Communications Coordinator Nicole Dear at, and SWIG Treasurer Nidhi Kalani at

Visit the SWIG Facebook page or SWIG Website