Gamma Theta Upsilon

Gamma Theta Upsilon

Gamma Theta Upsilon

Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) is an international honor society in geography. Gamma Theta Upsilon was founded in 1928 and became a national organization in 1931. Members of GTU have met academic requirements and share a background and interest in geography. GTU chapter activities support geography knowledge and awareness. For more GTU info, see

GTU’s Goals

  • To further professional interest in Geography by affording a common organization for those interested in the field.
  • To strengthen student and professional training through academic experiences in addition to those of the classroom and laboratory.
  • To advance the status of Geography as a cultural and practical discipline for study and investigation.
  • To encourage student research of high quality, and to promote an outlet for publication.
  • To create and administer funds for furthering graduate study and/or research in the field of Geography.
  • To encourage members to apply geographic knowledge and skills in service to humankind.
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Eligibility for Membership

Ask yourself the following questions to see if you qualify. Have you...

  1. Completed at least 3 semesters of college courses
  2. Maintained a 3.3 overall GPA
  3. Completed a minimum of 3 qualifying GPS courses*
  4. Maintained a 3.3 GPA average in all qualifying GPS courses*

*Qualifying courses in the Department of Geography, Planning, & Sustainability include: all GEOGRAPHY and GIS courses and all 100 - 200 level PLAN and ENST courses.

Benefits of GTU Membership

  • Membership in an academic honor society is evidence of your dedication and competency in your career field. Some employers give hiring preference to honor society members.
  • Members are recognized at the University Commencement (in the program and with purchase of GTU Honor Cords) and Departmental awards ceremony.
  • Membership provides a network where you can become better acquainted with other geography students and can meet and talk with geography faculty informally.
  • Members are eligible to apply for Gamma Theta Upsilon scholarships.
  • Members receive a handsome certificate, suitable for framing.
  • No further membership dues are paid to the national organization after the initiation fee of $40.

GTU Registration Process

  • If you meet the eligibility requirements above, please complete the GTU application form. If your eligibility is confirmed you will receive instructions for submitting your $40 initiation fee.
  • You may join GTU anytime after you meet the eligibility requirements. Your GTU induction will occur at the Departmental Awards Ceremony in April, where you will receive your GTU Honor Cords. 
  • If you’re interested in a student leadership position in GTU, or have any additional questions, please contact Dr. Kitson, GTU faculty advisor at

2022 GTU Inductees

  • Jimmy Brunker
  • Jonathan Hansel
  • Joanna Janowski
  • Griffin Lallier
  • Kenny Marte
  • Jessica Pszeniczny
  • Eduardo Saba

2023 GTU Inductees

  • Nicholas Dannenfelser
  • Jenna Grace
  • Jonathan Hansel
  • Kyle Heyman
  • Madison Hicks
  • Joseph Keefe
  • Kayla King
  • Jessica Lubitz
  • Madelyn Palmentieri
  • Zachary Runyon
  • Kiara Stefanik
  • Jesse Weber