Student Field Trip Program

New in 2021

Students with mine in the background

The SEGF-SFT Committee is building a virtual Student Field Trip (vSFT) offering that with all luck will take place in 2021. This virtual offering will be designed to immerse students in the realm of economic geology and provide as real of a field trip experience as possible. Mine site visits will combine presentations and virtual tours (surface and underground) prepared by the site operations geological teams. As others in our profession, we are thinking creatively in this time of virtual meetings and are pursuing opportunities to include 3D visualizations, Google Earth imagery, drone footage, and high-resolution photographs in addition to standard PowerPoint and video content.

Please stay tuned for updates as they occur.


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.