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The Society of Economic Geologists – Indiana University Student Chapter (SEG-IU) formed in March 2012, and we are only one of two U.S. SEG student chapters east of the Rocky Mountains. Our mission is to promote economic geology awareness to the student body at IU and its impact on society. We do this by focusing on not just metallic ore deposits but also industrial minerals, coal, and mine reclamation all of which are essential to this incredibly broad field.We accomplish this mission by organizing and inviting guest lecturers, community educational outreach, conducting local and broader field trips, and fundraisers within the university and ‘rock-hounding’ community.

The chapter is open to any university student who has an interest in rocks in general, mineral collecting, chemistry, and any aspect of the mining industry and the environment. You do not have to be a geology or engineering major to partake in any of our activities. If you would like to join our chapter, just show up to a general chapter meeting or e-mail the chapter President, Mark Leatherman, for details ( If you are not affiliated with IU and would like to partner with the chapter in some fashion, feel free to send an e-mail message. Please check out the various links on the left/right for more information on recent and upcoming activities.

Who We Are

The purpose of this student organization is to encourage an increasing knowledge of geology and its application to minerals exploration, mining, and other industries; to promote professionalism as it relates to the field of geology; and to provide a means of contact with the economic geology community at large.

Regular activities include:

  1. Bi-monthly meetings where we discuss fundraising and outreach opportunities as well as speaker, field trip and social gathering ideas.
  2. One local day-weekend long field trip per semester in and around Indiana.
  3. An annual larger field trip to an area with a high concentration of past and current producing ore deposits.
  4. Invitation of two to three speakers per semester to be a part of the regular Indiana University Department of Geological Sciences colloquium series to speak on economic geology and related topics.
  5. Two annual fundraisers typically put on during the spring and summer semesters.

Future Plans

As a young chapter, we have numerous future plans in the works. We are currently brainstorming ideas for a spring 2013 semester fund raiser.

We also have several ideas for local one-day trips for the spring 2013 semester. These potentially include trips to an underground gypsum mine in Shoals, IN, to gallium and germanium-bearing coal mines in Indiana, and the Hastie Gravel Quarry - near Cave-In-Rock, Illinois – for fluorite collecting.

We will also contact various mining companies in which a few chapter members have personal ties, as well as those we want to visit in BC, to request funds in order to offset field trip costs.

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