Welcome to NUS Geographical Society! The Society enjoys a long history and tradition of close ties with the Department, extending back to the days of the former University of Singapore. Today, the Geog Soc (pronounced “JEOG-SOCK”), as it is affectionately referred to, still serves as the umbrella body under which students reading Geography can find both academic and social support. This is achieved through the numerous activities organised throughout the year.
The NUS Geographical Society is a non-profit organisation dedicated to serving the needs, welfare and aspirations of students of Geography in NUS; in maintaining a strong and close relationship between the student community and faculty at the Department of Geography; and in promoting the discipline of Geography amongst the Singaporean student community. The Society enjoys a long history and tradition of close ties with the Department, extending back to the days of the former University of Singapore. Today, the Geog Soc (pronounced “JEOG-SOCK”), as it is affectionately referred to, still serves as the umbrella body under which students reading Geography can find both academic and social support. This is achieved through the numerous activities organised throughout the year.
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The NUS Geographical Society is a non-profit organisation dedicated to serving the needs, welfare and aspirations of students of Geography in NUS; in maintaining a strong and close relationship between the student community and faculty at the Department of Geography; and in promoting the discipline of Geography amongst the Singaporean student community.
Please list your objectives for the next year.
The objectives of the Society are to,
a) Serve the needs, welfare and aspirations of students;
b) Maintain a strong and close relationship between the student community and faculty;
c) Promote the discipline of Geography amongst the Singaporean student community.
Please list information about the organisation's selection process and include membership requirements if applicable.
Membership is open on application to the following groups of individuals:
a) All National University of Singapore Undergraduates who are pursuing a Bachelor’s/Honours degree in Arts/Social Sciences (Geography) or a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies (Geography).
b) All National University of Singapore Graduates and Postgraduate students who are pursuing a Master's and Post-Doctorate in Geography respectively.
c) All faculty and staff who are currently in employment at the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore.
d) Former Geography students and Staff of Raffles College, The University of Malaya (in Singapore), University of Singapore and the National University of Singapore.
e) Any persons who have served with distinction on the Society’s Management Committee, irrespective of their discipline.
To sign up for NUS Geographical Society membership, please fill up the form at tinyurl.com/nusgeogsoc
(For example: social, service, leadership, physical/fitness, etc.)
1. Majors' Welfare Events
Geography Welcome Tea:
This event is usually held in early August right after the first GE1101E lecture and is targeted at potential Geography majors. Welcome Tea allows first year students to clarify doubts with regards to the Geography curriculum, modules offered and administrative affairs. Welcome Tea begins with an opening address by the Head of Department, followed by a short presentation by Geogsoc. The event will be followed by a Tea/Coffee session, which allows freshmen to interact with seniors and professors in the department.
Majors Tea and Honours Briefing:
This event is for all Geography majors and will be held in semester two of every academic year. The first half of the event begins with an address by the Head of Department, followed by a sharing by professors in the department with regards to the curriculum, new module(s) and the honours programme. Thereafter, Geogsoc will make a presentation about their activities for the past academic year as well as update majors about future events.
The second half of the event starts with a tea/coffee session and this will be a platform for students to interact with professors and raise questions with regards to the curriculum and concerns that they have. Geogsoc Management Committee members will facilitate and take minutes during the discussion, which will then be compiled and sent to the Department.
Careers Talk & Open House:
This event is held during the recess week of semester two of the academic year and is targeted at Geography Majors and Junior College students. Outstanding student assignments, photos of various Geogsoc activities and equipment used by Geographers will be put on display. Modules offered by the department will be presented briefly. A faculty tour will also be conducted for Junior College students to explore the campus.
Careers Talk is held right after the Open House, which involves Geography Alumni speaking about the relevance of Geography in their respective fields of work. After the talk, refreshments will be provided and attendees are free to interact with students, professors as well as the guest speakers.
Honours Thesis Sharing Session:
During the first half of Semester 2, Geogsoc will organise a sharing session by honours students to share with those interested about the tips and processes of writing a thesis. This sharing session will be beneficial to students intending to write a thesis!
Majors Welfare Outings:
This is an initiative by the society to connect with Geography majors. The venues of the outings are planned with a geographical approach. Outings are mostly scheduled on weekends to cater to the timetable of the majors. Till date, Geogsoc Majors’ Welfare Cell organized various interesting outings to places such as River Safari, Kampong Glam, Changi Aviation Centre, Islands around Singapore, Neil Road and the list goes on!
The Special Projects cell aims to bring more than just academic welfare and outings for the Geography majors. Every year during the semester one, Special Projects cell will also conduct an annual Majors’ Tee design competition and Majors’ Tee shirt sales! Every year, Special Projects cell will organise Overseas Field Trips to different places! Geogsoc has been to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei and many more!
Also, before the start of semester two, a chalet and barbeque session will be organized for all majors.
2. Freshmen Immersion Camp (FIC):
At the start of every academic year, Geogsoc organises a camp to introduce freshmen to the rigors of university life and provide opportunities for freshmen to interact with one another. Through FIC, Geogsoc also aims to attract freshmen who are interested in positions in the Society’s Management Committee.
Participation at the FIC is open to all freshmen regardless of faculty or subject concentration. During the camp, freshmen take part in many fun and exciting activities that seeks to bond and build close friendships between participants. Through the FIC camp, first-year students will find the transition to university life to be a smoother and easier journey.
This is definitely one event that all freshmen should join!
3. Geography Challenge
The National University of Singapore (NUS) Geography Challenge (GC) is an annual non-profit Geography competition jointly organised by the NUS Department of Geography and the NUS Geographical Society. Through this healthy competition, we seek to engage and educate students on world issues, empower them to respond to these issues, and strengthen their relationship with Geography. In the process, NUS GC hopes to encourage students to embark on independent learning. Each year, NUS GC reaches out to more than 300 secondary students and the sheer-scale of the competition is managed by a team of more than 100 volunteers from NUS Geography and other majors.
4. Dinner and Dance :
The NUS Geography Department's Dinner and Dance is a biennial event hosted by the Geogsoc and aims to foster strong ties among the faculty, alumni and undergraduates from the Geography Department. D&D also serves to mark the official handing-over of the outgoing Management Committee of Geogsoc to the incoming one for the academic year.
“Colours of the World” was the theme for Dinner and Dance AY2016/17!