Focus Areas

Economic Geology

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Lowell Program in Economic Geology

Exploration, Development, Mining, and Environmental emphasis areas.

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Center for Environmentally Sustainable Mining

Interaction with both the mining and consulting industry. Opportunities for field research at operating mines

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Global Mining Law Program

Training both lawyers and non-lawyers from around the globe, engages in cutting-edge research on issues related to all aspects of global mining law and policy.

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Mining Law Summit

San Xavier Mine

The Henry G. “Hank” Grundstedt San Xavier Underground Mining Laboratory is the only mining lab with a working vertical shaft in the United States. The laboratory for research and training has been operated by the UA Department of Mining and Geological Engineering since 1958 and owned by the university since 1975.

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Field Courses

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Topics in Mineral Deposit Types CU, MO, and AU Porphyry Systems

Next date (tentative): December 7-17, 2020

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Topics in Ore Deposits Mapping and Great Basin Field Trip

Next date not yet scheduled

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Short Courses

2020 Radar Monitoring Short Course

The online Radar Monitoring Short Course has started. Week 1 of the self-paced online material was released on Friday, April 17th, 2020.

  • The original 3-day Radar course material is now being offered over 6 consecutive weeks, plus one bonus week.

    • The course timeline includes 6 weeks of original course material presentations – now as prerecorded videos – with a 7th bonus week that we envision as an interactive mini-symposium of personal case studies/challenges from course attendees.

  • Each week there will be a new learning module released online, and will be accessed by participants via login to an online learning platform (D2L).

    • Participants can go through on their own time, at their own pace – so you can be flexible on what time you block out each week for content review.

    • Weekly content comprises 2 to 3 hours of viewing material per week.

  • Week 1 material was posted to the D2L site on Friday April 17th, 2020. The course will run through Thursday June 4, 2020.

  • There will be a live Zoom Question & Answer session with instructors each Thursday from 9:00AM to 10:30AM PDT that will cover the prior week’s content/topics. Participants will have from the previous Friday until the following Thursday to view content and prepare or post any questions or live discussion requests.

  • The first live Q&A session was April 23, 2020, running each Thursday morning through and including June 4, 2020. June 4 is the 7th week mini-symposium, and has the potential to run longer than 1.5 hours depending on interest and participation.

    • These Live Q&A Thursdays would be the events you would want to block out for live attendance to the meetings; however, these discussions will also be recorded for later viewing if unable to attend live. In addition, there will be a digital course discussion forum to post questions/receive answers from the expert panel of instructors. All prior course content will remain available each week once posted, so you can jump in, catch up, or review previous sections as we go along.

  • A course certificate of completion can be provided in both digital and/or hard copy form.

Questions? Contact Gillian Noonan at

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Integrated Planning Series

Finding, developing, and extracting mineral resources goes smoothest when everyone on the team works together, communicates effectively, and understands the whole value chain – not just one piece of it. But all too often, mining engineers, geologists, and metallurgists work in separate siloes. Breaking down these siloes takes either decades of experience or specialized, interdisciplinary, industry-focused training not offered at conventional university programs.

Recognizing this critical gap in education, the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources collaborated with Newmont Mining and Freeport-McMoRan Inc. to develop a series of 3 short courses designed to break down barriers to communication and improve collaboration among geologists, mining engineers, and metallurgists in the mining industry. Each course introduces the fundamentals and role of one profession to the other two, from the perspective of top geologists, engineers, and metallurgists in the mining industry.

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