2024 PDAC-SEG Student Minerals Colloquium


The Student Minerals Colloquium (SMC) organizing committee is pleased to announce plans for the 2024 PDAC-SEG Student Minerals Colloquium. The Colloquium will take place at the PDAC 2024 Convention in Toronto, Canada, from March 3-6, 2024.
All students (BSc, MSc, PhD) working on projects linked to mineral deposits (e.g. mapping, mineralogy, geochemistry, geophysics, environmental, hydrogeology, etc.) are encouraged to participate!
Located within the Trade Show North Exhibit Hall, the SMC attracts hundreds of industry participants who attend the PDAC Convention, providing the widest possible exposure for student research.
Presenters have the opportunity to share their research in a poster format with an audience of industry professionals, researchers, academics, and fellow students. Posters are judged by a panel of industry professionals, with three winners selected from each of the BSc, MSc, and PhD categories (nine prizes are available).
First, second, and third-place winners will receive $500, $400, and $300, respectively, thanks to our generous sponsors.


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 5, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. They are also invited to attend the SMC Reception and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 5, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. 

SMC 2024 Convention Schedule 

Sunday, March 3: Poster set up at the Convention Centre, Trade Show North, from 8:00 - 10 a.m.

Tuesday, March 5: Judging 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., and SMC Awards Ceremony & Reception from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., room 203 D. 

Prizes will be given to winners in person at the ceremony - SMC participants are expected to attend the reception.

Students must remain with their poster during the judging period to discuss their research with the judge.  

The results and winning posters will be posted online as soon as possible. 

Posters must remain up for the duration of the Convention. 


Registration and Abstract Submission (Now closed)

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

(1) Registration - due Friday, December 1522, 2023 (Deadline extended to Dec. 22)

(2) Abstract Submission - due Friday, January 12, 2024

Only 90 posters will be accepted in SMC 2024. 

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” wide poster panel (recommended dimensions 45” high X 60” wide). 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 2024!

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


2024 SMC Organizing Committee


Evan Hall, MSc student, Laurentian University

Nathan Carter, MSc student, Laurentian University

Margaret Laverge, MSc student, Laurentian University

Sean Mundreon, MSc student, Laurentian University