The fourth LP-SAM* and first PBL** were held on August 1st. After some announcements by Assistant Professor Altansukh, two doctoral students reported on the progress of their research works in the LP-SAM.
Presenter 1: Sofia Marah Pascual Frias (D1)
She presented a progress report on her PhD research on the Kay Tanda epithermal gold deposit, Southern Batangas, Philippines. Her study aims to investigate the formation environment of the gold and base metal mineralization, to characterize the mineralogical and geochemical features of veins, stockworks and hydrothermal breccias, to document the evolution of the ore-forming fluids, and to determine the age of the mineralization of the deposit. Based on field observation and hand specimen descriptions, she sampled six drill cores that intersected all lithologies, alteration zones and mineralized stages. She has identified four formations, five stages/zones of alteration and two styles of mineralization. Moving forward, she is carrying out fluid inclusion and Ar-Ar dating of characteristic minerals to augment the documentation of fluid evolution and age of mineralization of the deposit.
Presenter 2: Pearlyn Cabarubias Manalo (D1)
She presented the results of her current research, which aims to establish mineralization models across time and space for the Mankayan district, Philippines. Her studies on the new porphyry and epithermal mineralization that are proximal to the world-class Lepanto-Far Southeast hydrothermal system is shedding more light on the nature of mineralization in the district. Based on field and petrographic observations, she documented several over-printing and cross-cutting relationships between the epithermal and porphyry mineralization systems. Presently, she is detailing the alteration halos around these deposits. In addition, her evaluation of cursory fluid inclusion data has revealed new information that suggest there is more than one direction of fluid flow in this porphyry-epithermal system. More analytical data on fluid inclusions, stable isotopes and Ar-Ar age determination are being carried out to understand and clarify these observations.
After the LP-SAM session, Assistant Professor Altansukh introduced the PBL concept and student groupings for the October 2017-February 2018 period. There are two groups for this academic year’s PBL. Group A comprises two doctoral students: Fyfy (D2) and Reza (D1). Group B comprises three doctoral students: Rendy (D1), Avril (D1) and Imura (D1). Supporting members for each group are master course students, as listed below.
Group A: Astiti (M1), Kondo (M1) and Zedrick (M1), and for Group B: Enkhzul (M1) and Larona (M1).
With the objectives of LP in mind, each Group is to have a meeting or series of meetings during the summer vacation to deliberate on selected topic(s) of their choice and identifiable problems or challenges related to global mineral or energy resources. During the second PBL meeting in this October, they will introduce proposed methods to tackle/solve the problem associated with their selected topic.
*LP-SAM: Leading Program Student Activity Meeting
LP-SAM provides a platform for students of different research backgrounds and professors to interact.It is aimed at developing and sharpening students organization and communication skills in a global environment. At such meetings students share the activities that they are/were engaged in during the course of the academic year. These activities include reports on research progress, field survey, conferences and field trips etc.
**PBL: Project Based Learning
It is compulsory course for doctoral students. In the PBL, students are put into groups of two to five members each and tasked to identify relevant topics of global interest related to the objectives of the LP. Students in each group will construct and propose solutions to problem(s) that they identified within their topic of choice. In the discussions, students are expected to show conscious efforts at exhibiting leadership qualities to solve a common problem. Their proposed solutions are then presented in a forum at the end of the academic year.