Membership FAQ

  1. Who can Become a Member of UCGIS?

The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science offers different membership categories: Basic, Full, and Affiliate. Colleges and universities, national laboratories, and professional societies from the United States are eligible to become Basic or Full Members.  Affiliates are organizations that do not qualify for regular membership (see specific application criteria below), but are actively involved in education, research, or service related to geographic information science.

  • National Affiliates are U.S.-based non-profit organizations engaged in research and education, funded from public agencies or private foundations.
  • International Affiliates are any colleges, universities, nonprofit research organizations, or government-funded research centers that are based outside of the United States. 
  • Corporate Affiliates come from for-profit organizations.
  • Government Affiliates have a separate line item in the Federal Budget.

 

  1. How do Basic, Full, and Affiliates Members differ?
  • The traditional, flagship UCGIS membership is a Full one, designed for an academic institution, organization, or society as a whole. Any individuals affiliated with the entity, from any school, department, or program, are all eligible to participate in UCGIS activities and partake of UCGIS representation. Institutions holding Full memberships typically have GIS&T education and research taking place within multiple Schools, Departments, and Programs across their campus. Full members have unlimited access to UCGIS resources, and are entitled to two (2) votes by their designated Delegates on matters of UCGIS interest and concern.  
  • A Basic membership is designed for a single Department, Program, or School within an institution.  This category accommodates institutions with GIS&T education and research limited to one School, Department, or Program, and may be suitable for a smaller institution overall. Basic members have full access to some UCGIS resources while others are limited, and entitled to designate one (1) voting Delegate.
  • Affiliate members may participate fully in UCGIS activities, and are entitled to many UCGIS resources and benefits. However, their Delegates may not vote or hold office.  

For complete details on how membership categories differ, please view the current Membership Table. 
 

  1. We are familiar with UCGIS and definitely wish to apply for membership.  How do we begin?

a.  ​Read through the Membership Application to gather and organize the information required. Since this will involve communicating and coordinating with one or more people from your institution or organization, plan accordingly.  
b. Contact the Membership Committee Chair and the Executive Director to advise them of your intentions and clarify any questions you may still have about UCGIS membership.
c.  Obtain a Letter of Support from your a senior administrator at your institution, indicating that they recognize and accept the responsibility for regular financial support of UCGIS membership. If you are applying for a Full Membership, the individual must be a President or Provost.  For a Basic Membership, a Dean is also eligible. For Affiliate Memberships, please discuss this matter with the Executive Director as you prepare your application. 
 
4. I think that our institution would benefit from being a member of UCGIS, but I am not certain.  How can I learn more?
​Please contact the current Membership Committee Chair, anyone from our Board of Directors, or our Executive Director, to ask any questions you have and learn more about this organization.