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Gamma Theta Upsilon-Geographical Honor Society

About GTU

Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) is an international honor society in geography. 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. The goal is to bring together geography majors working towards common goals and projects oriented in the field of geography.

Montgomery College was the first two-year institution to be awarded a chapter (Theta Eta) of GTU. The Applied geography program takes pride in its accomplishments, commitments, and students' participation. GTU is one of two honor societies at Montgomery College.

 


Message from the GTU Advisor 

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Montgomery College's GTU website. Please take time to browse and read about the many activities of Theta Eta and the Geography Club. My goal as the GTU advisor is to help plan, participate, and encourage students to be active members. As a member of Oklahoma State University's Chi Chapter, I reflect on and understand the significance of student relationships, camaraderie, and achievements. I am extremely proud of our GTU members and participants at Montgomery College for all of their academic accomplishments. There is never a dull moment! I would like to extend an invitation to other GTU societies to visit us on your next trip to the Washington, D.C. metro area. We will accompany you to a dinner night out at one of the local cultural restaurants. We will also be happy to conduct a sightseeing tour if requested in advance. On behalf of all the GTU members and participants, we wish you a successful academic year!

 

Tanya Allison
Professor, Program Coordinator, and GTU Advisor
Dept. of Applied Technology
Montgomery College
Rockville, Maryland  20850
(240) 567-7614
tanya.allison@montgomerycollege.edu 


GTU Officers  

  • Jonathan Freel, President
  • Michael Lancaster, Vice President
  • Janet Tennent, Secretary
  • Tom Flynn, Treasurer

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GTU Goals  

  • Encourage professional interest in geography by affording a common organization for those interested in the field 
  • Strengthen student and professional training through academic experiences in addition to those of the classroom and laboratory 
  • Advance the status of geography as a cultural and practical discipline for study and investigation 
  • Encourage student research and promote an outlet for publication and/or presentation
  • Create and administer funds for furthering graduate study and/or research in the field of geography 

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Why should you join GTU?  

  • Gamma Theta Upsilon membership is earned through superior scholarship; it is an honor and a professional distinction 
  • Members receive a handsome certificate, suitable for framing 
  • Lifetime membership
  • Many members choose to remain active in GTU after graduation, by joining Omega Omega, the Alumni Chapter of GTU 

  Benefits of GTU Membership  

  • Most chapters sponsor speakers, campus-wide programs, field trips and social events and participate in service functions 
  • Members can participate in numerous extra-curricular activities 
  • Membership provides a network to become better acquainted with other geography students and can meet and talk with geography faculty informally 
  • Members can improve their expertise in the field of geography by learning things not normally addressed in the classroom 
  • Members are eligible to apply for Gamma Theta Upsilon scholarships
  • Membership in an academic honor society is evidence of dedication and competency in the career field. Some employers give hiring preference or incentives to honor society members.
For Membership Information: Ask your local chapter officers or GTU faculty advisor for information on membership procedures, and the many benefits of joining Gamma Theta Upsilon.  
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The Geographical Bulletin  

This scholarly journal is published twice a year by GTU. Articles concerning any area of geographical interest are solicited from students and faculty. Initiates receive two free issues after initiation and may subsequently renew their subscription. 

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Educational Fund  

An Educational Fund was established to support publications, scholarships, and other activities. 

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Scholarships  

Five scholarships are awarded annually to Gamma Theta Upsilon members: three to undergraduates; one to a senior entering graduate school; and one to a continuing graduate student.

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Visiting Geographical Scientist Program (VGSP)  

The Visiting Geographical Scientist Program, funded by GTU and administered by the Association of American Geographers (AAG), provides an opportunity for chapters to host a distinguished geographer on their campus. The visiting geographer will give a lecture on a topic in geography and meet with faculty, students and administrators. 

Chapters should contact the AAG for information about the Visiting Geographical Scientist Program.

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International Organization  

The society is governed under a constitution and by-laws. Nine elected officers, including two student representatives, form the Executive Committee. The annual business meeting, held in at the fall meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education, is open to all GTU members and other interested persons.  

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Local Chapters  

Local Chapters are chartered by Gamma Theta Upsilon at colleges and universities. GTU chapters sponsor a variety of activities that support geographical learning. 

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Alumni Chapter  

The Omega Omega chapter serves alumni of all chapters. After graduation, alumni members are encouraged to join the Omega Omega and receive continuing benefits from active affiliation with the Society. 

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For more information about GTU contact:  

Tanya Allison
Professor, Program Coordinator, and GTU Advisor
Dept. of Applied Technology
Montgomery College
Rockville, Maryland  20850
(240) 567-7614
 

tanya.allison@montgomerycollege.edu

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