2023 PDAC-SEG Student Minerals Colloquium


Call for Registration & Abstract Submission - Extended to January 23, 2023

We are pleased to announce a call for registration and abstract submission for the 2023 PDAC-SEG Student Minerals Colloquium (SMC).

Returning to its original format, the Colloquium will take place as an in-person event at the PDAC 2023 Convention in Toronto, Canada, from March 5-8, 2023.

All students (BSc, MSc, PhD) working on projects linked to earth science and economic geology* (e.g. mapping, mineralogy, geochemistry, geophysics, environmental, hydrogeology, etc.) are encouraged to participate! 

Presenters will be able to share their research with an audience of academics, students, and industry professionals in a poster format located within the Investors Exchange exhibit. 

The SMC attracts hundreds of industry participants attending the PDAC Convention, providing the broadest possible exposure for student research.

Posters are judged by a panel of academics and industry professionals, and thanks to our sponsors, cash prizes are awarded to winners in multiple categories. Judges will select three winners for the best poster presentations from the BSc, MSc, and PhD categories. 


Engage with Student Researchers & Celebrate at the Awards Reception 

PDAC Convention attendees are encouraged to meet the student researchers at their posters on Tuesday, March 7, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., during the judging period. They are also invited to attend the SMC Reception and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 7 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in room 713. 


SMC 2023 Convention Schedule

Sunday, March 5: Poster set up at the Convention before 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, March 7: Judging from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., followed by the SMC Awards Ceremony & Reception from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Students must remain with their poster during the judging period to discuss their research with the judge. They are also expected to attend the SMC Awards Ceremony & Reception later that day.

Posters must remain up for the duration of the Convention. 


Registration and Abstract Submission

The registration process for entering the Student Minerals Colloquium has two mandatory components:

(1) Registration - due December 16, 2022 Registration and Abstract submission deadline is extended to January 23, 2023.

(2) Abstract Submission - LAST CHANCE - Deadline for registration and Abstract submission is extended to January 23, 2023.  

Spaces are limited. Registration information includes: student name, institution name, degree level (currently enrolled), and research category.

SMC participants must also be registered attendees of the PDAC Convention. 


Register Now

Submit Abstract



Some resources to help you write an Abstract: 

  1. The 5-Question Method for Writing an Abstract
  2. How to Write a Scientific Abstract

Poster dimensions and mounting instructions: 

Posters must be designed to fit inside a 45” high x 90” long poster panel (recommended dimensions 45” X 60”). Presenters must bring sufficient velcro or push pins to mount their posters on the board. Presenters are also encouraged to bring business cards which may be mounted to their board by creating a push pin "shelf" (or other means, such as a clear vinyl pouch containing business cards). Organizers will have some extra mounting supplies on site, but they will be limited. 

Questions regarding registration or submission requirements may be directed to the SMC Organizing Committee at smc@laurentian.ca

We look forward to seeing you at Student Minerals Colloquium 2023!

*The Student Minerals Colloquium Committee reserves the right to decline abstract and poster submissions should they not meet the event criteria.


2023 SMC Organizing Committee


Evan Hall

Shalaila Bhalla

Emma Roberts 

Muhammed Veero