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2012 Annual Report (pdf)

Executive Summary

Due to the large support from the Department of Geological Sciences, the Indiana Geological Survey, and the incredible enthusiasm of a large department student body, the IU Society of Economic Geologists Student Chapter formed this past March 2012. After only two pre-activation meetings, the executive committee was elected and fund-raising, social, and field trip plans immediately commenced. The chapter was officially activated in late April 2012, just in time to submit our first chapter funding application (see fund raising section below).

Our chapter is a very motivated group that was able to put together a "mini fundraiser," plan our first major fundraiser for the summer, put together our first local field trip, and vote on our first large annual field trip even before chapter activation! At our first informational meeting in early March 2012, our first group consisted of 12 students (all graduates). By the end of the spring 2012 semester, our group grew to 20 students (including our first handful of undergraduates). With our first meeting of the fall 2012 semester, our chapter experienced a growth spurt that now has a total of 33 students!

Being located in an area of the United States not known for metallic ore deposits, but rather industrial minerals, the IU SEG Chapter will have to operate in a multidisciplinary way in order to be successful in the long term. We intend to do this by focusing on not only metallic deposits (when we have the chance), but also industrial minerals, coal, hydrogeology, and environmental mineralogy/remediation into our chapter activities.

Meetings

The IU Student Chapter holds general meetings every other week, with the executive committee meeting on alternating weeks. During the general meetings, we brainstorm new ideas for fundraising, social, local field trip and outreach activities. We also ensure that earlier plans are progressing as desired, and that an open forum is kept to any rolling ideas that chapter members may have at any time.

Conferences, Workshops & Short Courses

Since the chapter is still very green, we are presenting conference, workshop, and short course opportunities to our members on a rolling basis. We have not yet registered any chapter member participation in workshop or short course venues, but we hope that this will change soon as the chapter’s foundation becomes more solidified.

A few conference venues that are upcoming within the academic year that we hope to get significant involvement in are the Geological Society of America annual meeting in Charlotte, NC (with sessions devoted to the economic geology of the Carolina Slate Belt, and mineral deposits associated with tropical laterites), the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) International Convention in Toronto, Ontario (March 2013) and the Institute of Lake Superior Geology Symposium in Houghton, MI (May 2013).