Student Organizations


The School of Earth Sciences has several excellent affiliated student organizations. If you are interested in learning more please reach out the student leaders!

American Institute of Professional Geologists: President Molly Hunt, Advisor Dr. Frank Schwartz


The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), founded in 1963, is the largest association dedicated to promoting geology as a profession. It presently has more than 7,000 members in the U.S. and abroad, organized into 36 regional Sections. The Institute adheres to the principles of professional responsibility and public service and is the only international organization that certifies the competence and ethical conduct of geological scientists in all branches of the science with members employed in industry, government, and academia. AIPG emphasizes competence, integrity and ethics. AIPG is an advocate for the profession and communicates regularly to federal and state legislators and agencies on matters pertaining to the geosciences.

Sigma Gamma Epsilon National Geological Honorary: President Molly Hunt, Advisor Dr. Anne Carey

SGE is an organization to honor excellent academic achievement for Graduate and Undergraduate students in the Earth Sciences. It also provide opportunities for students to get involved in philanthropic, professional, scholastic, and social events within the School of Earth Science as well as the Columbus Community. Through the society, members are encouraged to have an active role within the organization and School of Earth Sciences, meet fellow students and network with faculty. They are also encouraged to use their educational benefits to give back to Columbus.

Natural History's Collection Club: President Danielle, Advisor Dr. Tamaki Yuri

The Natural History Collections Club is a student-led organization that acts as a hub for students interested in natural history and museum collections. Our goal is to provide undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain valuable career experience working with natural history collections, while also benefiting Ohio State’s own natural history collections by enhancing visibility and encouraging use through increased accessibility for research, teaching, and education. We welcome everyone from biology, geology, paleontology, anthropology, and everything in-between and beyond!

Graduate Students Club: President Allison Chartrand, Advisor Dr. Steven Lower

The purpose of this organization is to foster a positive and productive School of Earth Sciences (SES) graduate student experience by providing efficient communication between the SES graduate students and the School, establishing independent responsibilities for the SES graduate student body, and encouraging academic, developmental, and social relationships within the SES graduate student body. Learn more at this link!

Orton's Earth History Club: President JJ Kim 

Orton's Earth History Club (OEHC) was organized to help Earth History division or related graduate students (and undergraduates) to connect with each other. The name honors the iconic Orton Hall of OSU, which houses the Geological Museum and Geology Library. OEHC holds biweekly seminars in a laid-back and friendly environment to discuss various aspects of research such as presenting at conferences, writing thesis, and internship or fieldwork experiences. Occasionally, OEHC hosts students outside the Earth History division to broaden the students' perspective on Science.