Undergraduate Students and Clubs in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
See the Undergraduate Degrees
page for information about undergraduate B.Sc. and B.A.Sc. programs within EOAS in
Atmospheric Science, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Geological Engineering,
Geological Sciences, Geophysics, and Oceanography.
The health of any university department can be measured by the
quality and enthusiasm of its undergraduate students. And the students
in EOAS are certainly one of the finest groups on campus. The undergraduate
population at EOAS is in a word... INVOLVED!! And the department supports undergraduate
students and their initiatives in numerous ways, many of which are listed below.
Undergraduate Prizes and Awards
In addition to scholarships, there are bursaries and prizes awarded
on the basis of a variety of criteria. These include: outstanding
performance in a particular course or field of interest, involvement
in student/department affairs, or overall qualities of leadership
and character. Some of the awards are available to students who do
not meet the minimum standard to qualify for a scholarship. See
for EOAS Undergraduate Students for more details.
Facilities Available to Undergraduate Students
See the Facilities page for
laboratory and field equipment and other facilities that undergraduates
use in our department.
Undergraduate Research Support
The department provides funding to support undergraduate research in several ways:
Students in EOAS 400-level research courses receive funds towards their projects.
For example, each student enrolled in an EOSC, ENVR, or ATSC Thesis course receives
$100 towards research expenses. Secondly, an allocation up to a total of $50 per
student enrolled is available for research expenses in group research projects for
EOSC 445 and ENVR 400. For these group projects, the course instructor determines
eligible expenses and students submit receipts directly to the course instructor,
who will file an expense claim and reimburse students. Lastly, any EOAS student
doing a Directed Study research project may receive up to $50 for eligible research expenses;
they must see the Associate Head of Undergraduate Affairs to discuss their project and to
The Undergraduate Research Travel Fund provides financial support
for EOAS undergraduate students to present original EOAS scientific research at a conference.
EOAS Undergraduate Clubs and the EOAS Undergraduate Club Council
Organized and active undergraduate clubs, described in more detail below, represent the varied
scientific interests within the Department. With the help of faculty and staff, they coordinate a variety of activities,
including sports teams, career fairs, field trips, the annual Geo-Talent(less) Night, and weekly
social gatherings. They also plan and host research conferences put on by students for students,
such as the Western Inter-University Geosciences Conference (WIUGC).
Together Dawson, ESSA, GeoRox, and Storm clubs form an umbrella organization, the EOAS Undergraduate Club Council,
which has the mission of supporting the academic, professional, and social needs of undergraduate students in EOAS.
Besides coordinating department-wide undergraduate activities and promoting inter-club events, the Undergraduate
Club Council serves as a unified voice for students in communicating with department administration,
allocates and administers club space within the department, and dispenses department funds for worthy student
activities or projects on a competitive basis.
Individual EOAS students as well as EOAS Clubs may apply to the
Undergraduate Activities Fund
for money to support professional development or club activities. (See the
the UAF Rubric(pdf) and the
- Dawson Club
The G.M. Dawson Club encompasses the undergraduate geosciences community (Geological
Sciences and Geophysics students) in EOAS. We provide leadership and organization for industry and department subsidized events, as well as a focal point for social activities, field trips and sports events within the department. The club facilitates the undergraduate experience in EOAS by bringing undergraduates together with faculty and industry to prepare them for geoscience careers.
- Environmental Science Students'
- ESSA is the student club representing the Environmental Sciences Program at UBC. We are here to create community, provide academic support, and promote community involvement and social networking opportunities within our program and in the professional world. If you’re an ENSC student or have an interest in environmental science, ESSA is a great way to connect with other students, get involved and create a unique undergrad experience.
- GeoRox Club
- GeoRox is a club that encompasses all Geological Engineers at UBC. GeoRox is a very active student society; we organize camping trips, industry nights, our annual event ‘On the Rox’, and many other club socials. We have the privilege of coordinating with other Engineering clubs in the EUS as well as EOAS clubs to create a diverse atmosphere for students to thrive in and provide leadership opportunities within the UBC community. GeoRox prides itself on its ability to provide great industry contacts throughout your degree as well as exciting social events.
- Storm Club
- The Storm Club is the club for all things weather related- we welcome both Atmospheric Science students, and anyone who wants to learn more about the weather. The club holds weekly weather discussions, and informal weather briefings (in-depth forecasts) led by club members. Past field trips include tours of professional forecast centers (CTV, Environment Canada), and outdoor trips to experience weather first-hand (gliding, hiking, snow shoeing).
- This is a
UBC Student Chapter of the Society of Economic Geologists, which has both graduate and undergraduate student members.
Reasons to Get Involved!
All EOAS students
are urged to join and participate in the club activities. In addition
to the obvious social benefits, the clubs also:
- provide a focus for all
types of student activities
- represent all undergraduate students at Department meetings and serve
on Department committees
- sponsor and help to organize professional activities such as undergraduate research, talks
and field trips
- organize athletic events
- generate other activities, depending on the inspiration, creativity,
and dedication of the incumbent leaders
Careers in Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Undergraduates in Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences have many more career
options than most people realize! Check out our Careers
in EOAS page
for more information. See also eScience,
a website designed specifically
for UBC Science undergrads to set you on the right track to finding
everything you need to know about your academic lives, career goals,
and your social and personal well-being.