Friday, November 27, 2009

PhD Proposal Accepted!

It has been a bit since I last updated. Several things have been going on in the last month or so. I have been running again and have really started cranking out the distance. It is amazing to be running again. I am cranking some serious distance and hope to really improve in the next few months. My next big news is I presented my research to my committee and was officially accepted into the PhD program at UVic. I feel I really nailed my presentation. My thesis is titled "The Behaviour of Ore Elements During Igneous Processes in Arcs". Basically I am looking at the fortuitous processes that lead to Giant Copper Porphyry Deposits like Bingham in Utah. I am taking an experimental approach to study the problems associated with why or why not one of these deposits might form. There is three main processes that I will be researching but mostly I am focussing in higher temperature and pressure and more primitive magmas to better understand the deeper processes where there is a major dearth of experiments and information. I am excited. I am exactly where I want to be in my life right now, doing exactly what I want to do, with the people I love the most. I have no complaints. I am by no means out of the woods yet I still have to do the oral entrance exam and if I don't pass that examination I will be demoted back to a Master's and will be forced to finish up with the work that I have. It will be a challenge but I know I am going to do an awesome job. Looks like I will be here for a few more years yet.