Reach new heights with SEG

SEG Student Chapters

SEG is committed to "inspiring the geoscientists of tomorrow" and our student chapters are an excellent resource to increase interest among students of geophysics. SEG Student Chapters empower students to participate and spearhead projects that will address issues, challenges, and opportunities related to SEG's mission of promoting the science of geophysics.

How high can you climb?


Your student chapter earns a spot at the BASE if you:

  • submit an annual report that includes:
    • membership roster
    • list of student chapter officers with contact information
    • list of activities performed and contacts made throughout the year


Your student chapter can reach the RIDGE if you:

  • get involved in high school outreach efforts
  • participate in SEG student programs
    (SLS, SEP, Challenge Bowl, etc.)
  • submit an annual report
  • mentor other student chapters to climb higher!


Your student chapter can reach the SUMMIT if you:

  • serve on SEG boards or committees
  • organize at least one student chapter activity each year
    (Challenge Bowl, IGSC, Field Trips, etc.)
  • get involved in high school outreach efforts
  • submit an annual report
  • participate in SEG student programs
    (SLS, SEP, Challenge Bowl, etc.)
  • mentor other student chapters to climb higher!

Got what it takes to reach the top? Float your mouse over the different Student Chapter Rankings above to find out.

The journey of a Student Chapter is like climbing a mountain: you start out as merely a group of like-minded individuals who share the same hope, passion, and ambition. But if you find the right path, you can achieve a position of leadership and achievement to last you the rest of your life. SEG invites you to take that challenge - and we will help you chart your progress along the way!

Make your ascent!

student chapters

To participate in the Student Chapter rankings, you need to do the following:

  1. Make sure you have a student chapter!
  2. Submit at least a membership roster and a list of officers.
Don't fall off the mountain!

You can only apply once per year to be ranked, but you have to submit your application in order to keep your Student Chapter active.

The path to the top

How Your Chapter is Ranked

  • Member roster
10 pts
  • Chapter Activity Summary
30 pts
  • Chapter Outreach
20 pts
  • Student Chapter Summary
10 pts
  • Student Chapter Official Membership Roster
10 pts
  • Faculty Advisor Summary
20 pts


100 pts

Once your application is received, it is reviewed by staff from SEG Student and Early Career to make sure it is complete. From there, it is sent to the Student Chapters subcommittee, who reviews the applications and nominates their candidates for Ridge and Summit levels.

  • 1 April: applications due
  • May-June: Student Chapter subcommittee meets to review applications and nominate top ranked Student Chapters
  • SEG Annual Meeting: Student Chapters notified of results
Best Student Chapter

Top Student Chapter

The award for 2015 Best Student Chapter and the $5,000 Travel Grant* was presented to AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland on 21 October 2015.

* A Travel Grant for the winning Faculty Advisor and a Chapter student of his/her choosing to attend the SEG Annual Meeting

Why you need a Student Chapter
Student Chapters Discover the benefits, opportunities, and fun of SEG Student Chapters
How to get started
attend Learn the requirements for starting a chapter and submitting your petition

How to stay active
Promote Your Company Find out how to update your records and submit your Annual Activity Report
Where to get help
Advance Science and Career Get answers to your Frequently Asked Questions and guidance from SEG staff