Society of Geography Students (SOGS)

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The Society of Geography Students (SOGS) is the undergraduate course union for Geography at UVic. It is a sub-organization of the University of Victoria Student Society (UVSS).

SOGS is a democratic body; all undergraduate students taking a course in geography at UVic are automatically members. We occasionally lure honorary members, too.

Read SOGS Notes weekly to find out more about our current activities; email to join the mailing list.

For more information, visit the SOGS website.

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We're so proud of all the cool stuff SOGS students do. Here are some photos of Paris taken by SOGS student Dimitri on the Urban Europe Field School! What are you up to this summer? Want a chance to be featured on our instagram? Send us your photos of adventures, work and other geografun activities! Also use #sogsuvic and @sogsuvic on your geography related posts. Stay sunny folks!

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SOGS - Society of Geography Students

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You know what can be easy to put-off? Applying for awards. But, don't, because you may really thank yourself for it later! $-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$ Here are two currently available award opportunities that you should REALLY CONSIDER. (Thanks to Jeremy at the geography office for forwarding along this information). The first is the Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award (JCURA). Information and the application form can be found on the uvic geog website. Both the student’s and supervisor’s portion of the application are due on JUNE 15th. The second is the Stephens Family Undergraduate Research Award in Organic and Sustainable Food Systems. The application can also be found online, and is due on Friday, MAY 12th. $-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$-$

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What SOGS does

SOGS is one of the most active course unions at UVic.

Some recent activities include:

  • Various speakers, films, and presentations
  • Field trips and field work pertaining to undergraduate course work
  • On-going publication of SOGS NOTES
  • Sporting events such as orienteering, soccer, volleyball, and hiking
  • Social events that usually involve beer, bad music, and geographical trivia
  • Fundraising through selling baked goods and books
  • Support for international development projects
  • Work on environmental causes in our bio-region and beyond
  • Bring geography into schools through our "Geographers - In - Schools" project
  • Advocacy on issues of concern to students, such as equity or cooperative education

SOGS mandate

SOGS seeks to promote and represent social and academic interests within the Department of Geography. This is expressed by four key goals:

  • To provide a forum for the discussion of matters concerning the quality and accessibility of education within geography
  • To provide a means of expressing a consensus of student opinion to departmental faculty through representation at departmental meetings and on departmental committees
  • To undertake arrangements for such activities as are for the benefit of students and are seen to be within the field of interest of students in geography
  • To act as a liaison through the UVSS and the Course Union Council with other student groups on campus