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Québec Mines EXPLO Challenge a new contest for students

Jean-Yves Labbé, MRN

The Québec Mines 2012 convention will host an innovative new event: the first-ever Québec Mines EXPLO Challenge. This new contest will give earth sciences students an opportunity to display their knowledge and know-how in the field of mineral exploration. They will have just 12 hours to produce an exploration project. A true marathon!

Each of the five universities in Québec offering an undergraduate program in geology or geological engineering has been asked to send a three-student team to the Challenge. Each team will be given a workstation containing the complete SIGÉOM database and the software needed to process data. At 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 28, the teams will be assigned to a specific region and will have until 8:30 p.m. to:

The reports handed in by the teams will be assessed by a panel which will check the following points: proper use of the available data, relevance of the exploration activities selected and the geological model proposed in terms of metallogeny and economics, clarity of the presentation and originality of the project.

The winning team will be announced during the award ceremony on Thursday, November 29 at 11:30 a.m. The winners will receive a prize of $3,000 and an opportunity to present their project during the afternoon in the main exhibition hall. Their home university will also receive the full SIGÉOM database in FGDB format for use in research and teaching.

You are invited to come along to support these entrepreneurs of the future on Wednesday, November 28 in the level 400 foyer at the Québec City convention centre.

The Québec Mines EXPLO Challenge is organized by the Ministère des Ressources naturelles, the UQAT-UQAM Chair in Mining Entrepreneurship and AQEST, with key support from PricewaterhouseCoopers and ESRI Canada.

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