Industry Sponsors of

Student Research


2013-14 Industry Sponsors and Students


2012-13 Industry Sponsors and Students


2011-12 Industry Sponsors and Students

Dan and Andrew

The Precambrian Research Center actively solicits direct support of Masters-level graduate student research at UMD by exploration and mining companies. A contract laying out the objectives of the project, a timetable, confidentiality stipulations, and the level of company support is negotiated between the company, the student, the PRC directors, and the student's academic advisor. Companies are encouraged to contribute the total amount of agreed-upon support to the PRC, who then is responsible for distribution of that support to the student and vendors. The company receives financial and progress reports on a quarterly basis during the duration of the contract. Alternatively, companies may choose to negotiate another financial arrangement.

Possible components of support include:

Graduate Research Assistantship - includes support for 1/2-time salary, fringe benefits, and tuition waiver during the academic year (Sept.-May). For Masters students, GRAs are usually awarded during the second year of studies. For the 2010-11 academic year, cost for a GRA at UMD was approximately $27,000.

Analytical Expenses - companies cover the costs of analytical services and data aquisition, such as thin section preparation, lithogeochemistry, isotope chemistry, assay analyses, mineral chemistry, radiometric dating, paleomagnetic analyses, etc.

Field Expenses - travel, room and board associated with field studies.

In-kind Support - companies agree to share data, material (e.g., core), and services that pertain to the research project.

Employment - companies agree to employ the student for part of the duration of the contract. Ideally, this would occur during the summer between the student's 1st and 2nd year.

2013-14 Sponsorships

Sponsor: Teck American, Spokane, WA

Student: Paul Fix, Stevens Point, WI

Advisors: Tamara Diedrich (Barr Engineering; UMD adjunct faculty), Jim Miller (UMD associate professor)

Project Title: Characterization of Secondary Mineral Controls on Metal Mobility from Weathered Duluth Complex, Mesaba Deposit

Support Level: $68,000
Covers GRAs for 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years and analytical fees and professional travel costs

Term of Support: September 2013 - May 2015

Sponsor: Twin Metals Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Student: Alex Steiner, Terre Haute, IN

Advisor: Jim Miller (UMD associate professor)

Project Title:Petrographic and Geochemical Study of Mineralized Granite beneath the Maturi Cu-Ni-PGE Deposit

Support Level: $34,259
Covers GRA for 2013-14 academic year, thin section costs, whole rock geochemisty, and SEM analytical costs; also includes in-kind support of assay data and 2013 summer employment.

Term of Support: May 2013 - May 2014


2012-13 Sponsorship

Sponsor: Duluth Metals Ltd, Toronto, ON

Student: Craig Caton, Spokane, WA

Advisors: Penny Morton (UMD), Jim Miller (UMD), Dean Peterson (DM)

Project Title: Petrogenesis and metallogenesis of the southern part of the Bald Eagle Intrusion, Duluth Complex, Minnesota

Support Level: $31,205
Covers GRA for 2012-13 academic year and SEM analytical costs; also includes in-kind support and 2012 summer employment

Term of Support: January 2012 - May 2013


2011-12 Sponsorship

Sponsor: Magma Metals Ltd, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Student: Matt Chaffee, Tomah, WI

Advisors: Jim Miller (UMD) and Pete Hollings (Lakehead U)

Project Title: Petrographic and Geochemical Study of the Hybrid Gabbro associated with the Current Lake Intrusive Complex, Magma Metal’s Thunder Bay North Property

Support Level: $37,301
Covers GRA for 2011-12 academic year, petrographic and analytical costs, travel expenses; also includes in-kind support and 2011 summer employment

Term of Support: January 2011 - May 2012


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