Volunteer with SEG

Any SEG member can volunteer, and the Society offers numerous opportunities for involvement throughout the year. As a volunteer, you can help shape the direction of the Society and your profession, meet new colleagues, and forge valuable and lasting relationships. You also have a chance to give back to your profession and influence the key issues affecting applied geophysics today.

How to Get Started

1. Join a Standing Committee

Most SEG members in good standing are eligible to take part in open committees. Participation on closed committees involves qualification via applications, elections, or by appointment, but the rewards and the impact on SEG and on the geophysical community are great! Browse the list of committees and descriptions below to find the committee for you.

You can also learn more about committees by viewing current members, reading the committee charters in SEG's Policies and Procedures, or viewing the activities of these committees in the 2013 Annual Report.

2. Join an Ad Hoc committee

Ad Hoc committees are created to address specific and relatively temporary needs in the organization, or to meet a transitory purpose or end presently under consideration by the organization. An ad hoc committee often addresses a specific subject or issue, and it generally disbands after making its final report. You can view a list of current Ad Hoc committees, and their members, at the committee page.

3. Volunteer at Annual Meeting

Denver logoLend your talents to the world's largest marketplace for the geophysical industry. SEG's Annual Meeting and International Exposition showcases the latest in innovative technology, products and services for oil & gas, mining, mineral, environmental, and research. You can play a key leadership role in this unparalleled annual event. More on volunteering at Annual Meeting can be found at the SEG Denver 2014 website.

4. Not sure what you'd like to do? Let us know!

If you're not quite ready to get involved in an SEG committee but would like to get more involved with the Society, we'd love to have your help. Feel free to send us an email and let us know the skills, talents, and disciplines that you would like to share with SEG.


Standing Committees

The terms of SEG standing committee chairmen and members are generally for one year, beginning and ending at the close of SEG's Annual Meeting. To provide continuity on committee projects, the Chairman and members may be reappointed for additional one-year terms. However, a committee chair should normally serve a maximum term of two years and no more than three years, except under special circumstances, by majority vote of the Board. Below is a representative list of SEG Standing Committees. Click on a title link below to see the mission and function of each committee listed.

Advisory Committee

Annual Meeting Steering Committee

Audit Committee

Bylaws Committee

Continuing Education Committee

Committee on Nominations

Compensation Committee

Committee on University and Student Programs

Development and Production Committee

Distinguished Instructor Short Course Subcommittee

Distinguished Lecture Committee

Exhibitor's Committee

Finance Committee

Global Affairs Committee

Gravity and Magnetics Committee

Historical Preservation Committee

Honors and Awards Committee

Interpretation Committee

Membership Committee

Mining Committee

Online Committee

Online Technical Content Board

Publications Committee

Publications Policy Committee

SEG Research Committee

Reviews Committee

Technical Standards Committee

Tellers Committee

The Leading Edge Editorial Board

Translations Committee

Women's Network Committee

 

 

Advisory Committee
  • May initiate reports and/or recommendations to the Board on any matter deemed appropriate and provide a similar response to matters submitted to it by the Board.
  • May annually review the progress of the immediately retiring Board and make recommendations to the incoming Board.
  • May act as an ombudsman for a member who is unsatisfied with the actions or decisions of the Board.
    To annually review and update the strategic and financial plans of the Society.
Annual Meeting Steering Committee

The mission of the Annual Meeting Steering Committee is to provide a forum for the dissemination of technical and professional information through the presentation of papers on the technical program, and the exhibition of the newest equipment and techniques.

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Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is a standing committee of the Board of Directors (the "Board") of the SEG, an Oklahoma 501 (c) 6 (not-for-profit) corporation (the "Society"). Its primary function is to assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities by:

  • Reviewing and Assessing compliance of the Society's policies and procedures including, but not limited to, the Society's asset and investment policies, system of internal controls regarding finance and accounting, legal compliance and ethics that the Board has established; including the Society's auditing, accounting and financial reporting processes;
  • Reviewing the independence and performance of the Society's independent auditors; and
    Providing an open avenue of communication among the independent auditors, staff, and the Board.
Bylaws Committee

The objective of the Bylaws Committee is to ensure the Society's Bylaws clearly state the established rules of the Society and that the Bylaws of Sections/Associated Societies and Student Sections conform to these rules.

Continuing Education Committee

The Mission of the SEG Continuing Education Program is to provide educational resources to our global membership and to others interested in Geophysics through courses and lectures taught by recognized experts.

We stimulate professional interest in theoretical and applied Geophysics, direct career development, and expand technical horizons by:

  • providing training in basic, intermediate, and advanced skills
  • providing advanced curriculum topics in geophysical techniques
  • increasing networking opportunities and interaction between participants and experts
  • supporting accepted practices

The Committee reviews and approves courses, discusses topics of interest to develop into courses, and provides input to the Board on the education of the membership.

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Committee on Nominations

The Committee on Nominations shall nominate candidates from among the Active Members of the Society in good standing willing to serve on the Board and to fill vacant posts of District Representatives.

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Compensation Committee

The mission of the SEG Compensation Committee is to ensure the SEG Executive Director is compensated in a manner that takes into account current market data, benchmark data from other non-profit societies and performance against mutually established goals.

Committee on University and Student Programs

The mission of the Committee on University and Student Programs is to support students, universities, and industry in developing a strong global pool of graduating students ready to meet the applied geophysics needs of society.

Development and Production Committee

The mission of the Development and Production Committee is to promote the transfer of applied technology involved in producing or developing oil and gas reservoirs, to geoscientists and engineers.

Distinguished Instructor Short Course Subcommittee

The Mission of the SEG Continuing Education Program is to provide educational resources to our global membership and to others interested in Geophysics through courses and lectures taught by recognized experts. We stimulate professional interest in theoretical and applied Geophysics, direct career development, and expand technical horizons by:

  • providing training in basic, intermediate, and advanced skills
  • providing advanced curriculum topics in geophysical techniques
  • increasing networking opportunities and interaction between participants and experts
  • supporting accepted practices

The Committee reviews and approves courses, discusses topics of interest to develop into courses, and provides input to the Board on the education of the membership.

Distinguished Lecture Committee

The Distinguished Lecture Committee is responsible for two programs: 1) The SEG Distinguished Lecture, and 2) The SEG Honorary Lecture.

The Distinguished Lecture program honors outstanding individuals noted for high quality in their contributions to geophysics on an international level, and who are outstanding communicators of ideas and concepts. The Distinguished Lecturer is honored at the SEG International Exposition and Annual Meeting.

The Honorary Lecture program focuses on transfer of knowledge within a region and/or topic, recognizing prominent geophysicists and strengthening the services that SEG provides to an expanding global membership.

Selection as an Honorary Lecturer will be recognized by the Society. The common goals of the two programs are to:

  • Recognize an individual's contributions to advancing the science and technology of geophysics.
  • Disseminate discipline knowledge via speaking tours of SEG Sections (where the word "Sections" is used, it includes Associated Societies and Student Chapters).
  • Foster a sense of community amongst geophysicists by providing opportunities for local meetings and exchange of ideas.
  • Encourage students by providing the opportunity to discuss scientific and career issues with a leading expert.

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Exhibitor's Committee

The mission of the Exhibitor's Committee is to represent exhibiting companies and to promote SEG's Meetings and Conferences.

Finance Committee

Monitor the financial activities of SEG and its consolidated subsidiaries with the goal of providing accurate, timely information. This information is used to make fiscally responsible decisions that allow SEG to maintain and expand relevant products and services to its members. The Finance Committee, as any SEG committee, while reporting to the Board, is accountable to the membership at large and may act upon that accountability.

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Global Affairs Committee

The GAC is a professional network of volunteers which links the SEG's leadership, committees, Sections/Associated Societies and affiliated societies. The primary goal of this committee is to ensure, promote and encourage the worldwide scope and diversity in SEG plans, actions and focus. The GAC is committed to the recognition of SEG as a global, influential and valued society for the development of applied geophysics providing services and support to all practitioners.

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Gravity and Magnetics Committee

The Mission of the SEG Gravity and Magnetics Committee is to promote the use of gravity and magnetic methods in applied geophysics.

Historical Preservation Committee

The Mission of the Historical Preservation Committee is to preserve the history and heritage of the SEG and the profession of applied geophysics.

Honors and Awards Committee

The Honors and Awards Committee shall recommend to the Board candidates for all established honors and awards of the Society and for election to Honorary Membership.

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Interpretation Committee

The Interpretation Committee provides a focal point for interpreters within SEG and promotes the science of interpretation.

Membership Committee

The SEG Membership Committee provides strategic guidance to retain and grow an actively engaged membership with the requisite knowledge, skills, and values by providing an environment that brings people together, and working as one help accomplish the Society's common goals to promote the science of applied geophysics and the education of geophysicists worldwide.

Mining Committee

The Mining Committee advises the Board on all matters involving mining exploration and organizes events that advance the application of geophysics to mining.

Online Committee
  • The Online Committee (OC) works closely with SEG members, committees, and SEG's associated societies to identify online strategic issues. Strategic issues being barriers and threats which impede the promotion and advancement of the science of geophysics as well as opportunities to accelerate it.
  • The OC maintains a backlog of online strategic issues from which issues are regularly reviewed for relevancy and prioritized for value assessment.
  • The OC forms and oversees OC Task Force Teams to assess value and strategic online issues and makes recommendations for, or against, the future development and implementation of the same.
  • The OC Task Forces helps the SEG IT department defining and optimizing new or enhanced online functionality through input to the respective ‘product concept documents'.
  • The OC involves the OLTCB to define operating rules and procedures for new or enhanced online products whose operation the OLTCB will oversee.
  • The OC works closely with SEG's Marketing and Information Technology departments to define and prioritize the development of online features.

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Online Technical Content Board

It is envisioned the OLTC Board will naturally complement rather than duplicate existing structures such as the Online Committee and TLE Editorial Board. The OLTC Board will be focused on content rather than web infrastructure enhancements. For example, an Online Committee task force will establish the ‘product concept' for the aspired ‘Technical Discussion Fora', and the OLTC Board will then coordinate the subsequent operation of those Fora.

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Publications Committee

The Publications Committee solicits and considers applied-geophysics proposals and manuscripts from authors and editors, weighing both technical merits and marketability when judging whether to encourage their development and to nurture them into SEG books and other special publications.

Publications Policy Committee

The SEG Publications Policy Committee addresses a range of policy issues that fall outside the focus of any other SEG publications-related committee or involve more than one such committee. It focuses on strategic issues such as member publications benefits, intrasociety and intersociety publishing initiatives, publication pricing policies, and questions of commercialism and conflicts of interest in publications. The board recommends action to the Board as necessary.

SEG Research Committee

The purpose of the committee is to improve communication among earth scientists interested in applied research, promote the advancement of science and technology in the applied geoscience community, and disseminate information on advances in exploration and exploitation geophysics.

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Reviews Committee

The primary function of the SEG Reviews Committee is to submit reviews of current geophysical and geological literature (primarily recently published books) for publication in TLE.

Technical Standards Committee

The Technical Standards Committee serves as a forum for discussion of geophysical developments in which standards need to be defined. When problems of sufficient magnitude to warrant action by SEG are identified, an appropriate subcommittee is appointed to develop a set of standards and make a recommendation to the Board concerning their adoption.

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Tellers Committee

The Tellers Committee oversees all voting by the SEG Active Membership.

The Leading Edge Editorial Board

The purpose of The Leading Edge, almost universally known as TLE, is to provide timely dissemination of information likely to interest the SEG membership. In addition to providing news of Society activities, TLE serves as an important vehicle for technical information exchange. TLE is not a journal of record. However, articles in TLE are regularly and increasingly cited in refereed journals, so this aspect of TLE is the subject of ongoing discussion.

Translations Committee

The SEG Translations Committee reviews applied geophysics books and articles published globally and to recommends to the Editor and/or Chairman of the Publications Committee published materials deemed to be of sufficient interest to the general membership to warrant translation and publication either in SEG journals or as an SEG special publication. The committee historically has focused translations into English but has expanded its role to consider also translations of works into other languages.

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Women's Network Committee

The Women's Network Committee exists to create and sustain a professional women's network including female students to promote greater female engagement in SEG activities, create a community for mutual support among female SEG members, to enhance recruiting of women to the profession and to improve retention of women in the industry.

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