Geological Faculty Took Part in Annual Youth Scientific School

Students of the Geological Faculty of South Ural State University do not only study, but also gain new knowledge during scientific conferences. As for the teaching staff, they share their experience and the results of new research. April and May 2021 were full of scientific events.

Thus, April 26th through April 30th in the South Ural Federal Research Centre for Mineralogy and Geoecology of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the 27th Annual Youth Scientific School “Metallogeny of Ancient and Modern Oceans 2021. Syngenesis, Epigenesis, Hypergenesis” was held. The school has been held for 27 times now and is devoted to the problems of geology, mineralogy and geochemistry of deposits of ore and non-metallic minerals. The Miass branch of SUSU is one of the organizers of the School, and the chairman of the organizing committee of the School is Valery Maslennikov, Head of the Department of Geology of the Geological Faculty, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Many academic staff members of the Department of Geology are part of the event: they are members of the organizing committee and deliver lectures. These are Associate Professors, Candidates of Sciences (Geology and Mineralogy) Nuriia Aiupova, Natalia Safina, Natalia Ankusheva, Dmitry Artemiev, Anatoly Yuminov, and others.

What are the activities of the School? Those include an acquaintance of students, postgraduates and young scientists with modern methods and achievements of marine and continental geology and geological exploration. It is aimed at increasing the efficiency of training specialists in the field of minerals, forming creative ties between young people of various universities and scientific organisations of the geological profile in Russia and abroad, and attracting talented young people to science.

Over the years of the School's functioning, young scientists from universities in Russia and neighbouring countries, specialists in the field of mineral deposits from leading institutes and universities of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Portugal, France, Italy, Great Britain, Spain, Australia, Japan, USA, representatives of production organisations of the Urals have taken part in its work. Proceedings of the School are published annually under the general title “Metallogeny of Ancient and Modern Oceans” (ongoing peer-reviewed publication) and are indexed in the Russian Science Citation Index database.

From the beginning of its foundation, students of the Geological Faculty of our branch have been taking part in the organizational work of the School, as well as full-fledged participants with oral or poster presentations. In 2021, a 4th year student Abossbek Sobirov made an oral presentation in the Deposits of Precious Metals section. His report “Native Gold from Tourmaline-Quartz Veins of the Yuzhno-Sukhtelinsky Site (South Ural)” is a part of the final qualifying work.

After the conference, the participants supervised by Anatoly Yuminov, Associate Professor of the Department of Geology, visited a field excursion to the coal waste heaps in Kopeysk.

The meetings of the 74th Student Scientific Conference, which were held at the Geological Faculty, were other important scientific events in May 2021. At the conference, 2 sections were organized: Mineralogy and Geochemistry (9 reports), and Geology (7 reports). Traditionally, for participation in the conference at the Geological Faculty, the academic staff select the best course papers in the disciplines of “General Geology”, “Mineralogy” and “Petrography” for their presentation in the form of oral reports taking into account the wishes of the 1st-3rd year students. In addition, the 4th year students have presented oral reports at the conference on the materials of their graduation qualification works. These reports are traditionally equated with pre-defences of their final qualifying papers with the corresponding report rules.

The Geological Faculty of South Ural State University in Miass is the only one in the South Ural region that trains academic Bachelors (Specialists) of the geological profile. In 2019, in addition to full-time mode of study, a part-time department was opened.

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