Student Field Trip (SFT) Program

SFT-17 Wrap-up

View the synopsis and video from SFT17: Gold Deposits of the Birimian and Tarkwaian in Ghana

Current Trip

SFT-18: Epithermal Precious Metal and Copper-Silver Systems of Northern Chile

January 11-19, 2019


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 e-mail announcements.


Date Code Title Details
April 22 - May 1, 2018 SFT-17 Gold Deposits of the Birimian and Tarkwaian in Ghana
July 15-24, 2017 SFT-16 Carlin-Type Gold Deposits of Northern Nevada USA
August 17-25, 2016 SFT-15 Porphyry Systems of Central and Southern British Columbia
March 6-14, 2015 SFT-14 Copper-Gold-Silver-Molybdenum Metallogeny of Northern Chile
September 3-11, 2014 SFT-13 Archean Base and Precious Metal Deposits, Southern Abitibi Greenstone Belt, Canada
March 9-16, 2014 SFT-12 Major Copper-Molybdenum Porphyry Systems, Southwestern USA
May 12-18, 2013 SFT-11 Precious Metals Deposits of the Southwestern USA
September 16-22, 2012 SFT-10 Porphyry Systems of Southern Peru
May 12-19, 2012 SFT-09 Iberian Pyrite Belt
May 14-21, 2011 SFT-08 IOCG and Cu-Ag Deposits, Northern Chile
March 19-26, 2011 SFT-07 IOCG and Cu-Ag Deposits, Northern Chile
September 25 - October 1, 2010 SFT-06 Utah and Colorado Plateau and Henderson Ore Deposits
May 15-24, 2009 SFT-05 Gold Systems of Northern Nevada
January, 2008 /
March, 2008
SFT-04 / SFT-03 Iberian Pyrite Belt Two field trips held in northern Chile to examine FeOx Cu-Au and andesite-hosted Cu-Ag deposits.
May, 2007 SFT-02 Northern Nevada Gold Mines and Districts 10-day field trip to seven gold mines in Northern Nevada.
January, 2007 SFT-01 Porphyry Deposits in Northern Chile 10-day field trip to eight porphyry deposits in Northern Chile.