Toquepala Porphyry Cu-Mo Ore Deposit (MJFP-01)

Toquepala, Perú
August 1-8, 2024


SEG is proud and honored to offer the first international Michael J. Fitzgerald Student Mapping Course, supported by funding from Michael and Marisa Fitzgerald, as well as Southern Perú Copper Corporation (SPCC). Michael "Mike" Fitzgerald, a University of Minnesota graduate, long supported field-based geologic studies by undergraduate and graduate students; through a generous donation orchestrated by his widow, Marisa de la Vega-Fitzgerald, SEG is funding a week-long mapping course for upper-division undergraduate, graduate students, and recent graduates at the Paleocene-age Toquepala Cu-Mo porphyry system, southern Perú. Participation is limited to 16, and applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be an active SEG Student or Recent Graduate member for the 2024 calendar year. Please apply or renew your membership
  • Must have completed at least one field mapping course (field camp not necessary)
  • MUST own a working Brunton© Standard Transit compass (SEG members receive a 20% discount)
  • Must complete SEG waiver, medical contact, family contact, and Code of Conduct forms prior to participation

Selection of participants is competitive; students in Central and South America are especially encouraged to apply. Travel grants will only be awarded to qualified students and early career recent graduates.

Trip Leaders


William Chávez, Jr.

New Mexico School of Mines

SEG Fellow since 1990


Ralph A. González

Archean Ingenieria International Ltda

SEG Fellow since 1981


Erich Petersen

University of Utah

SEG Fellow since 1986


SEG provides students and early career professionals:

  • Up to 75% of the roundtrip on economy-class airfare ONLY to/from Tacna, Perú - airport code TCQ; ground transportation from Tacna to/from Toquepala. You will need to provide us with the airport from which you will be flying on the application to verify flight cost.
  • Double-occupancy lodging, breakfasts, and field lunches.
  • SEG will provide map sheets and engineer's scales.
  • This course is taught in English and Spanish.

Not Included

Students are responsible for each of the following:

  • [NEW] Completion of medical exam with bloodwork. Participants are required to send results directly to SPCC mine staff no later than July 8, 2024.*
  • Participants will need to show proof of SARS-CoV2 vaccinations – SPCC requires three vaccinations, so this information must be provided to SPCC as substantiation of vaccinations.
  • Some meals, snacks, water, and drinks, and any incidental expenses.
  • You must provide your own, working Brunton© Standard Transit compass, NO other compasses are accepted. SEG members recieve a 20% discount.
  • Gear to lightly pack: 3H or harder pencils, colored pencils, eraser, clipboard, reflective vest, sturdy leather field boots (boots - not hiking shoes - are required), hardhat, gloves, long-sleeve shirts, long pants, eye protection, water bottle, lip balm, and sunscreen.

SEG will provide via email a detailed list of field and safety items, but this initial list of essential equipment requirements.


Submission Deadline: June 7, 2024
Selected Participant Notification: June 14, 2024
[NEW] Medical Exam Deadline: July 8, 2024

Accepted students must confirm participation by June 21, 2024, and pay the US$195 registration fee.

*SEG will send out the list of required paperwork items, and the SPCC contact to whom your information is to be provided. Do not send your medical information to SEG. Once you have submitted your documentation to SPCC, please confirm your submission to SEG Student Services at Approval from SPCC mine staff regarding your results is mandatory. Without this, one will not be allowed by SPCC to enter the mine property, and your spot will be given to an alternate.

8/1/2024 - 8/8/2024

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