Stephen F. Austin State University

SGE - Geology Honors Club

Sigma Gamma Epsilon - Gamma Phi Chapter, SFA

Welcome to the home page of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, Gamma Phi Chapter at SFASU. SGE is an honorary Earth Sciences society. Our local chapter was established at SFA in 1974, and we maintain active status with the national office.

Purpose and Objectives

The Society was established to recognize scholarship and professionalism in the Earth Sciences. It has for its objectives the scholastic and scientific advancement of its members and the extension of relations of friendship and assistance among colleges and universities which are devoted to the advancement of the Earth Sciences.

History and Government

The Society was founded on March 30, 1915, at the University of Kansas. Nearly 150 chapters throughout the United States have been installed since 1915. Government of the Society is by student members and the ultimate legislative authority is vested in a National Convention held every two years. It is composed of one student delegate from each chapter and the seven national officers who are faculty members.


Any person in any branch of the Earth Sciences who has completed at least 12 semester hours in Earth Science courses and has maintained at 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.25 GPA in core Earth Science courses is qualified for membership. If you qualify and wish to apply, inform any officer of the Gamma Phi chapter who will propose you for membership at a regular meeting. A majority vote is required by the chapter members on your application to approve it. The vote is taken to assure that in the eyes of the members you have demonstrated your interest in the profession by participation in your department's activities.

Why Join?

Membership in SGE or a listing of it on your résumé (or the wearing of a member's key or pin) tells a perspective employer or a colleague that you are an above average student and that in the eyes of your peers you are professionally motivated. Members serve their departments in a number of ways, such as organizing field trips, tutoring, arranging displays, etc. Gamma Phi chapter sells mineral and rock boxes to introductory students for usage in laboratory studies. In addition the chapter sells geologic highway maps, hand lenses, and Geology Department decals. Membership also includes a subscription to a professional journal, The Compass.

Fees and Dues

An initiation fee of $20.00 is charged. This fee is placed in a fund by the National Council and used to defray the costs of the National Convention. Once you are initiated, you are always a member of the Society. Annual dues of $15.00 pays for publication of four issues of The Compass that members receive each year. The Compass contains student papers and articles by practicing earth scientists in addition to news and notes about the Society. No page or plate charges are assessed students who publish in The Compass. After leaving school, you may become an Active Alumni Member and continue to receive The Compass by paying annual dues to the National Office.


Gamma Phi chapter hosts the annual Geology Department awards banquet where awards and recognition are given to outstanding students and scholarship recipients. The W.A. Tarr award is frequently given to a SGE member that has made significant contributions to the Society throughout the year. The banquet is held during the spring semester.

Regular meetings are held throughout the semester. Meeting times and membership information can be obtained from any member or from the chapter advisor, Mrs. Pat Sharp at (936) 468-2095.

2015-2016 Gamma Phi Chapter Officers

Vice President:
Faculty Advisor: Mrs. Patricia Sharp

Photos of Recent Gamma Phi Chapter Events