Gamma Theta Upsilon is an organization founded in May 15, 1928. It was formed at the state of the University of Illinois under the supervision of dr. RG Buzzard. Initially, it was a geography club at the Illinois State Normal University. The club was operational for three years before it started sending letters to other geography clubs, suggesting that they join and form a national geography fraternity. In May 15, 1931, the formation of a geographical organization was announced, consisting of four chapters. In March 5, 1936, Gamma Theta Upsilon became a professional geography body and had ten chapters. It became an International Honorary Geographic Society. Since 1976, she has been a college honorary company and one of the members of the
Why was it GTU format?
Gamma Theta Upsilon was established to allow people interested in geography to deepen their professional interest in this field. GTU focused on strengthening students and vocational training through academic experiences outside the school context and laboratories. GTU considers the importance of breaking the monotony of the class by organizing visits to geographical sites. The organization insists on visiting the sites because it provides a vivid description of the geography learned in the classrooms. The GTU has also been established to promote and improve the state of geography as a discipline and study for investigations. GTU has focused on encouraging geographical research that will lead to publications.
GTU badge and symbol representation
The GTU badge symbolizes a key. The lower part of the key body is a seven-sided shield representing different continents. Europe is at the top of the shield. Asia, Africa and Australia are on the left. On the right are North America, South America and Antarctica. Five blue wavy lines passed through the base of the key. The five lines represent the five major large water bodies: the Indian Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Arctic Ocean and the Antarctic Ocean. A white star is placed above the waves to represent Polaris. At the top of the key are the Greek letters: Gamma, Theta and Upsilon, respectively land, sea and atmosphere.
To be a suitable member of the GTU, it is necessary to be initiated through an established chapter of the organization. Registration for the GTU is classified into two. It is expected that regular members have obtained a GPA of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale in geography related courses. Moreover, he or she should rank in the top 35% of their class. He should have completed at least three geography courses. They are required to have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of their full-time university course.
The second type of registration is known as an Honorary Member and is granted in rare and special circumstances. This registration is granted with the approval of the Executive Committee. It is granted only if the committee believes that the person has successfully contributed to making progress recognized in any geographical study. It is reserved for those who are not eligible to qualify for enrollment in a regular class. GTU members can apply for GTU scholarships.