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Student Society News

  •  September 6th, 2019

Dear Alumni:

The Geosciences Society (GSS), the student chapter of American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the Geoscience Leadership Organization at Texas Tech welcome you to their annual update of our activities. Our organizations continue to grow and flourish, and provide and contribute to social, educational, and professional opportunities for all Geoscience students at Tech.

Thanks for staying in touch with us – without your support, the gap between our alumni and academia would be vast. If you would like to stay in touch, please fill out this form. 

Student Society Tailgates

The Societies are collaborating to host tailgates for all the Texas Tech home football games this season. Generous sponsorship has been provided by many supporters and friends of the University and we thank them all.

Come along and join us in the Parking Lot of St. Elizabeth's University Parish Church at Avenue X and Main St.

The remaining dates on the schedule are:

  • October 16th - Iowa State 
  • November 16th - TCU & AAPG Chili Cook-off 
  • November 23rd - Kansas State 




Geosciences Society (GSS) 

Volunteering at Friends of the Library book sales, Tech or Treat, Tech Savvy, Texas Tech Museum Sciences Day, Arbor Day, and TTU Baseball Stadium cleanup events.
• Sponsoring lunch for the Annual Student Research Day.
• Supporting students who are attending conferences.

Jose Figueiredo 



American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) 

AAPG students:

• Gratefully acknowledges support from Riley Geological Services, Concho Resources Inc., Neuralog, Premier Oilfield Group, and Gravity Oilfield Services.

With this support we are
• Connecting students with oil and gas industry professionals.
• Sending more students to conferences and workshops.
• Hosting professional speakers on campus.
• Giving back to the community with our annual blood drive, maintaining our adopted stretch of highway near Wolfforth and volunteering with Meals on Wheels

Valerie Tewell 



Geosciences Leadership Organization (GLO) 

Our rebranded Geoscience Leadership Organization is an inclusive organization whose mission remains to provide additional support and resources for students to reach their full potential and graduate with the tools necessary to be successful in their career.

This year we have
• Organized meet-and-greets with young alumni in industry
• Hosted speakers from the the energy and environmental sectors.
• Partnered with the Career Center and Red to Black to provide professional and personal development workshops.
• Launched the Geoscience Mentorship Program that pairs undergraduate and graduate students with peer mentors

Bryce Mcelvogue 



Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)

The mission of SEG / Tech Geophysical Society (TGS) is to enhance learning and provide professional development opportunities to student members through technical talks, training seminars, and networking events, with the ultimate goal of promoting success as students transition into professional careers in geophysics.

Tiffany Wiley 



Youth Mappers 




The Geosciences Sigma Gamma Epsilon Scholarship

Our Scholarship Fund continues to grow through small donations and has now supported students for each of the last 5 years. Typical donations are between $10 and $50 from current students and early career alumni like you and all donations are tripled by the Geoscience Society so as to maximize your generosity.

If you would like to help the societies support students, please visit here.

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We look forward to welcoming you to the Department or our social occasions to promote excellence and service in our geoscience community.

And as always, Wreck 'Em!

Yours faithfully

Valerie Tewell
AAPG TTU Chapter President

Jose Figuerao 
GSS President

Bryce Mcelvogue 
GLO President


Student Leadership Report: Leadership is found everywhere

by Emily Glaeser, Graduate Student (Geography)

           This past January, I was honored to be apart of the YouthMappers Leadership Fellowship in Pretoria, South Africa. The goal of the fellowship was to train students in open mapping techniques that would then be implemented at their local chapter activities. The fellowship also provided an opportunity to receive professional development and leadership training while networking with local community leaders, international experts, and their counterparts from YouthMappers chapters. Twenty-two students, out of 100 qualified applicants, were selected from all over the world and they represented 15 different countries.


            During the morning sessions, students attended presentations on various topics to gain knowledge, identify challenges, and understand how to solve those challenges using a variety of techniques. In the afternoons, the presentations were more hands-on, either in the lab or field. Throughout the trip the students were taken to informal settlements at the base of South African Mountains called “Alaskas” as well other cultural attractions such as a museum, a cave and the Pilanesberg National Park. Visiting and the sub-community within the Alaska helped students learn about different community living-styles in addition to demonstrating how these unplanned settlements present challenges when being mapped by YouthMappers. The museum and cave expanded our knowledge of the region and offered a bit of adventure. The fellows chose Pilanesberg National Park so we could experience the regional wildlife.


            Using leadership skills, the students brainstormed ideas on how to answer questions like: How to keep YouthMappers chapeters sustainable and How can YouthMappers events be more interactive and fun. Throughout the training, the students learned how to support and implement the presentation topics and discussion to better their local, as well as national and regional, community and chapter(s). At the end of the fellowship, students presented to the students and staff their idea of how to grow YouthMappers. These ideas could be individual, such as "How can my chapter connect more with other chapters around the world?" , or more broad. My presentation was over student-led language translation/interpretation for OpenStreetMap tutorials and the YouthMappers website. I plan on interpreting English into American Sign Language, ASL, with the disclaimer that “I'm not a certified interpreter but this interpretation is to offer accessibility to people who use ASL as their primary language.”