Student Field Trip Program

Upcoming Trip

Students with mine in the background

The Carlin and Cortez Trends, North Central Nevada, USA

September 20-23, 2021

Application Deadline: July 11, 2021 Extended to July 30, 2021

Applications are no longer being accepted.

Call for Mentors

Nevada Gold Mines (NGM), hosts for SFT 2021, invites interested SEG members to apply as mentors for this virtual field trip. For a few days during the third week of September, SFT 2021 will "visit" a representative sampling of this style of Carlin-type gold deposits of north central Nevada. Using filmed sessions, we will examine open pit and underground exposures, drill cores and outcrops, focusing upon recognizing the characteristics of these deposits, including lengthy discussion and study of the host strata and sequence stratigraphy, relationships to unconformities, host ("reservoir") rock permeability, the importance of aquitards, the structural history, distribution and zoning of ore-forming minerals, variations in alteration assemblages, spatial, temporal and genetic relationships to intrusives, the hydrothermal ore processes and geochemical signatures. Presentations of the local and regional geologic settings of these systems will provide a context for the mine site observations. For each mine site, presentations by mine personnel will review mine geology, ore reserve estimation, resource evaluation and mining operations, and more. Q&A sessions with the student attendees provides important opportunities for the students to meet and interact with you, discuss ore formation processes and career track alternatives.

Submit Letter of Interest

Please submit your letter of interest, with special notations regarding your virtual experience(s), along with your CV to

A limited number of mentors can be accommodated. Selection based upon experience relevant to these topics. Submit before August 31, 2021.


The Society of Economic Geologists Foundation, Inc. (SEGF) provides significant annual financial support for its three core student-support programs: Graduate Student Fellowships, Student Research Grants, and Student Field Trips. The SFT Program includes the following elements:

  • SEGF annually supports one SEG-organized field trip to major mining districts around the world by providing funding to subsidize student participation on the field trips.
  • SEGF pays the bulk of the transportation and lodging costs for students on these trips, so that the personal costs for participating students will be relatively low.
  • Field trips are usually held over a period of up-to ten consecutive days.
  • Active SEG Student Members worldwide who are enrolled at an accredited university are eligible. Participation is limited to 16 students on each trip. Eligible students are encouraged to apply for participation on these field trips – acceptance is highly competitive. SEGF strives for broad geographic representation on each trip.

Trips are organized and led by SEG members with appropriate and recognized expertise in the geology of the mining districts included in the field trips, and who are senior in their career. Arrangements are made with the individual mines being visited for safe and comprehensive access, and to assure availability of mine geology and mining personnel to interact with students. These field trips are very popular and are consistently oversubscribed. All SEG student members are notified of field trip opportunities and application deadlines via email announcements.