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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Have a connection with a local high school?? SOGS is looking for interested high school teachers to let us present in their classroom about what geography is and why we love it so much. Geography isn't being offered in high schools anymore, so its super important for us to go out there and get hip with the kids. Message us if you have a contact or idea!

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19 hours ago

From our inbox to yours! Research Assistant job posting: Geography Department, UVic Weather and climate / Geographic Data Development and Analysis November 1st, 2017 - April 30, 2018 Part time - 21 hours per week Hourly rate: $28 - $34 (depending on experience) NOTE: we are recruiting one or two Co-op students IN ADDITION to this position. Coop positions are posted separately on the LIM site. Working with Dr. Johannes Feddema and the Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE) team, you will contribute to several research programs related to local climate zone mapping. 1) The World Urban Database and Access Portal Tools (WUDAPT) is a community initiative to collect worldwide data on urban form and function ( Using the local climate zone framework ( you and other team members will be mapping all major Canadian cities and selected rural areas. This will require onscreen digitizing of representative zones. 2) CANUE is a Canadian research consortium. We will use completed LCZ maps as training data to automatically classify satellite images annually back to the 1980s, assess changes in the built environment and link to weather/climate data for use in health-related research. You will contribute to an academic publication on this approach and the results. Skills: · Attention to detail · Familiar with GIS and/or remote sensing · Familiarity with or interest in learning methods for working with large datasets, neural networks and machine learning, html, javascript and python Please apply by emailing a cover letter and your CV to by 4 pm, October 27, 2017. -- Eleanor Setton Managing Director Canadian Urban Environment Health Research Consortium tel: 250-853-3819 University of Victoria - Geography PO Box 1700 STN CSC Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2


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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