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UT Geography Society

The University of Texas Geography Society is an undergraduate student group dedicated to providing a fun social outlet for students interested in geography. They provide support for participation in undergraduate research, professional development through speaker series, k-12 educational outreach, workshops, internship info, volunteer opportunities, and fun camping trips. For more information about UT Geography Society, please visit the UT Geography Society Facebook page, or contact the Communications Director, Mustafa Monk. Lists of Geography Internships and Volunteer Opportunities are updated regularly.

UT Geography Society Officers 2014-2015

President: Rachel Snavely
VP Education: Alison Simerly
VP Social: Preston McLaughlin
Secretary: Jessie Norriss
Communications Director: Mustafa Monk
Treasurer: David Heizer

Past Geography Society Officers 

rachRachel Snavely
Year in School: Senior
Major: Geography (GIS Track)
As Vice President of Education and Professional Development for the 2013-2014 school year I was in charge of compiling research, academic and professional development opportunities to share with the organization. I also started and organized the Geography Society’s monthly speaker series and helped kick off our educational outreach program. For the upcoming school year, I would like to see an increase in undergraduate research and student involvement within our department, as well as an increase in our organization’s membership. I have lots of ideas that we can implement during the fall (including more social events like happy hours) and I’m excited to see what the new school year will bring!

Alison Simerly
Year in School: Senior- Graduating May 2015
Major: Geography, Plan II Honors
Participated in a Wildlands Studies program on the Big Creek Wilderness Reserve in California, where she completed a portion of the 2013 southern sea otter population census, plant diversity transects, and stream surveys of the Steelhead Trout. This semester she's working as an intern with Niti Mishra to learn remote sensing techniques and become better acquainted with ENVI software. In the coming summer she will work at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment in Bhutan and attend the Ecological Society of America conference. Always keeping an eye out for interesting and geography-related articles, internship opportunities, and presentations, Alison excels at the role of keeping society members up to date on upcoming events and opportunities. 

prestonPreston McLaughlin
Year in School: Senior
Major: Geography
I have acted as treasurer of the club in 2013-2014. During my time as treasurer I created a new club bank account, and have also made sure the club's finances have been in proper order.  As for the Vice President Social position, I have some good ideas for social events and volunteer opportunities.  I have dealt firsthand with the Geography Societie's event planning and coordinating. Thank you and Hook 'Em! 

Mustafa Monk
Year In School: Sophmore
Major: Geography
I have a fair amount of experience in social media, and I’m very enthusiastic to expand the club through the combined application of our online and campus presence . I see the role of communication director as a chance to grow with our club while at the same time connecting with incoming undergraduate students about geography as a subject of study and as a possible major. As Communications director, I’ll focus on a policy of expansion and promotion for the club, to help grow a stronger base for the future of the Society and for the study of Geography within the university.

Jessie Norriss
Year in School: Senior
Major: Geography Honors
I have worked as a laboratory manager coordinating 15 other research assistants and loved it! 

David Heizer
Year In school: Senior
Major: Geography
From Beeville, TX pursuing the GIS and Sustainability tracts.   

UT Geography Society Officers 2013-2014
President: Rachel Snavely
VP Education: Rachel Snavely
VP Social: Nathan Garza
Secretary: Sarah Price
Communications Director: Tim Murray
Treasurer: Preston MacLaughlin

President- Emilee Crowther

Vice President- Academic and Professional Development- Rachel Snavely 

Vice President Social- Nathan Garza

Director of Communications- Tim Murray 

Treasurer- Preston Wyatt McLaughlin

Secretary- Sarah Price 

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