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Fund Descriptions

Student Field Trip Fund

In July 2006, the Board of Trustees of the Society of Economic Geologists Foundation (SEGF) established the Student Field Trip Program. The concept, as distinct from existing SEG Student Chapter funding, arose at the SEG 2006 Conference held in Keystone, Colorado, in response to a student petition to provide more support for field trips to important mining districts. (More than 100 students from around the world attended the Conference, with generous support from industry sponsors.) The petition was enthusiastically received, resulting in the establishment of a "student field trip fund" and pledges totaling $30,000 to start the fund. To date, this is one of SEGF's most popular funds as students find the direct field experience from top industry leaders and mentors extremely valuable to the development of their careers.

Key elements of the Student Field Trip Program:

  • The SEGF annually supports two SEG-organized field trips to major mining districts around the world by providing funding to subsidize student participation on the field trips.
  • The objective is to cover the bulk of the costs (transportation and lodging) for the students, so personal cost to students is relatively inexpensive. (The amount of funding for an individual trip may be increased where transportation [air fares] to distant locations will be more expensive.)
  • Participation is limited to 20 students. Depending on circumstances, representatives from industry may also accompany the trip.
  • The field trips are organized and led by SEG members with appropriate experience and recognized expertise in the geology of the mining districts included in the field trips. Appropriate arrangements are made with the individual mines being visited for access and to assure availability of mine geology personnel to interact with students.

Since the program was established in 2006, with the first student field trip held in January 2007, a total of 8 student field trips have been held through May 2011. To date, the SEGF has provided US$215,000 to 121 students from 61 universities in 20 countries worldwide to participate in this program.

Students, regardless of where in the world they are located, are eligible and encouraged to participate on these field trips. SEG strives for broad geographic representation on each trip. In the selection of participants, strong preference will be given to SEG Student Members.

For more information on applying for an award, visit the Student Field Trip Program page.


Your contribution will make a difference. The Student Field Trip Program provides hands-on experience unlike anything else for the future leaders in our industry. Thank you for your support!