The Gamma Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the National Honor Society in the Earth Sciences, has received the organization’s national Quality Chapter Award for 2014. This is the third consecutive year that the UNI Chapter has earned high honor from the national society. Of the nearly 200 chapters around the nation, only four to six chapters earn this distinguished award each year.
The Quality Chapter Award recognizes chapters for achieving excellence by providing a quality program to its members by accomplishing specific criteria, including completing a service project. UNI Chapter members are regular volunteers in various Earth Science Department events as well at the Sunday at the Quarry event each fall as a part of National Earth Science Week, staffing tables at the UNI Earth Day event, and providing presentations as a part of UNI’s Honors Week. During this academic year the UNI chapter also participated in the Black Hawk County Soil and Water Conservation District “Snapshot” event, whereby they tested water quality at various locations along Dry Run Creek. They also were the first UNI student group to become Blue Zone Certified.
The Gamma Sigma Chapter is advised by Dr. James Walters, Professor of Geology, and Dr. Siobahn Morgan, Professor of Astronomy.