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.

SOGS - Society of Geography Students shared Duncan Chalmers's event.

3 days ago

It's not too late to get in on the fun! We will still be selling tickets tomorrow until they run out, message the SOGS page and we can put a ticket aside for you.

SOGS + BUGS Tacky Tourist Crawl!
Come join the Society of Geography Students (SOGS) and the Biology Undergrad Students (BUGS) for a night of tacky tourist themed shenanigans! Break out the Hawaiian shirts, binoculars, and fanny packs. Free drink included with your purchase of ticket! We'll start at Yates Street Taphouse around 6:30 and from...

SOGS - Society of Geography Students

4 days ago

Arctic Landscape Ecology Lab (UVic) - Summer Field and Lab Assistant The Arctic Landscape Ecology Lab is seeking an assistant for: Lab work - Victoria, BC (May to mid-June) & Field work - Inuvik, NWT (mid-June to August). Salary: $2,000-2,400 / month. (Fieldwork travel and food are covered) The successful applicant will assist with field data collection for projects on Arctic vegetation change and fishing livelihoods in the Northwest Territories. Applicants should be physically fit, have previous experience in remote locations, and be comfortable working and camping in challenging conditions (i.e. weather, bugs and difficult terrain). Applicants must have a valid class 5 driver’s licence and should have experience driving on gravel roads. Preference will be given to applicants with previous experience working in Indigenous or northern communities and familiarity with Arctic and Boreal flora. Lab work will include data entry, image processing, and digital mapping. Previous experience using MS Excel, R, and ArcGIS are helpful assets. Other useful skills or qualifications include: • Enthusiasm • Ability to use a GPS, map and compass. • Pleasure Craft Operator Card • Wilderness First Aid • Valid Firearms PAL Please forward your cover letter and résumé (with three references) to: Dr. Trevor Lantz Applications will be reviewed (starting on March 31st) until a suitable candidate is found.


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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