W. A. Tarr Award
The W. A. Tarr Award, given to outstanding geoscience graduates, was established in 1947 by student delegates to Sigma Gamma Epsilon’s 14th national convention and has been the annual award of the Society since that time. Each active chapter may bestow this award on a deserving active member of SGE. William A. Tarr was the National Editor of The Compass from May 1920, when the first issue was published, until his death in 1939. It was largely through his efforts that The Compass became a success. Detailed information about Professor Tarr can be found here. A list of previous W. A. Tarr Award recipients is located here.
The W. A. Tarr Award application is due April 1st and is to be submitted by the Chapter Advisor on the application link below. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery of the certificate and check. It is imperative that the date of presentation is noted on the application form. If no date is indicated, we will use the date the application was submitted. The award criteria are given below:
1. Active chapters of SGE may nominate one active member per year. The recipient is to be a graduating senior or graduate student, and should not have previously been a Tarr awardee. An active chapter is one that has submitted its Members Form, with appropriate dues payment, by November 1 of that academic year.
2. Outstanding scholarship is the essential basis of the Award, but leadership, service activities, and collegiality are also worthy of consideration.
3. The chapter’s faculty advisor, in consultation with the chapter officers, will determine the method whereby the awardee is selected. In dealing with student academic records, FERPA provisions should be strictly followed.
4. The Award will consist of a suitably printed certificate, signed by the National President and the chapter’s faculty advisor, and a monetary award.
W. A. Tarr Award Application
James C. Walters Quality Chapter Award
The James C. Walters Quality Chapter Award is designed to recognize chapters for achieving excellence by providing a quality program to its members by accomplishing the criteria listed below. A list of previous Quality Chapter Award recipients is located HERE.
Any chapter that meets all the qualifications is automatically eligible for the Quality Chapter Award annually. Chapters will receive a certificate and a monetary award the following fall in addition to being recognized on the Sigma Gamma Epsilon website (the certificate and monetary award can be requested for presentation in the spring if all requirements are met early).
Requirements for the Quality Chapter Award:
□ A President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer are elected annually.
□ Our Chapter completed the Officer form and submitted it online (form located at www.SGEearth.org – Officer Resources) by November 1st.
□ Our Chapter conducted a fall initiation and submitted the completed Members form online (form located at www.SGEearth.org – Officer Resources) to the national office by November 1st. Fees were submitted online or postmarked by November 1st to the national office.
□ Our Chapter conducted a spring initiation and submitted the completed Members form online (form located at www.SGEearth.org – Officer Resources) to the national office by March 15th. Fees were submitted online or postmarked by March 15th to the national office.
□ Our Chapter submitted the correct amount of fees in one credit card payment or check by the appropriate date.
□ Our Chapter’s Advisor is a lifetime member of SGE.
□ Our Chapter submitted an online application for a W.A. Tarr Award (form located above) by April 1st.
□ One or more service projects must be completed by your chapter during the academic year (August 15th – May 15th) resulting in a minimum average of 2 volunteer hours per member (based on the number of fall returning members and new initiates). Participants must be life members at the time of the service project for the hours to be eligible to be counted. The Service Project form must be completed and submitted by May 31st to admin@SGEearth.org.
James C. Walters Quality Chapter Award Application – HERE
Chapter Service Award
The Chapter Service Award was developed and approved by the student delegates at the 2012 SGE Convention in Charlotte, NC. A service project is a nonprofit/non-chapter fundraising activity that benefits the department, institution, or community. Any chapter that meets all the qualifications is eligible for the SGE Chapter Service Award annually. A list of previous Chapter Service Award recipients is located HERE.
SGE Chapter Service Award Requirements:
□ Must be an active chapter .
□ Minimum average of 6 volunteer hours per member (based on fall new members and active members) per academic year. Participants must be life members at the time of the service project for the hours to be eligible to be counted. Chapter service project report form HERE
□ Hours must be completed either on an extensive outreach project, or multiple projects, one of which must be an outreach project. 2 hours must be dedicated to outreach. An outreach project is a nonprofit/non-chapter fundraising activity that benefits the campus or community.
□ Submit photos of service project(s) to admin@SGEearth.org.
□ The service project(s) must be completed by your chapter during the academic year (August 15th – May 15th). A Service Project form for each project done must be completed and submitted by May 31st to admin@SGEearth.org.
A certificate and monetary award will be awarded upon approval. Chapters receiving the Outstanding Service Award will be recognized in the Compass and on the SGE website
Chapter service Award Application – HERE