Membership in the UCGIS requires an application that demonstrates an institutional, departmental, or organizational commitment to the UCGIS Mission of advancing and supporting GIScience and GIS in higher education. Evidence of the support from an administrator, and recognition of the institutional, departmental, or organizational financial obligation to UCGIS, is also a required element. There is a one-time membership initiation fee of $500, regardless of membership category, that is collected only after an applicant is approved by the Council.
Interested applicants should begin by consulting with Executive Director, Diana Sinton (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or the current Membership Committee Chair (Martin Swobodzinski, email@example.com) for information and advising. The application itself, recently revised to be completed online, has questions about GIScience and GIS-based research activities, teaching and curriculum, multi-disciplinary connections and initiatives, and institutional or departmental support resources. Why the institution (department, center, organization, affiliate, etc.) wishes to be a member of UCGIS, and how they will contribute to the UCGIS mission, are also part of the application. Additionally, a letter of recognition and commitment from a university administrator will also be required.
Applications are considered twice a year, in May and December. The Membership Committee reviews the materials and makes its recommendations to the Board of Directors, and then the full UCGIS Council votes on membership applications at its annual Symposium in May and during the year-end Council meeting in December.
For consideration in May, applications must be completed no later than April 1 and memberships would begin July 1.
For consideration in December, applications must be completed no later than November 1, and membership would begin January 1.