Student Design Competition

Board of Directors Internship Program
The SME Board of Directors Internship Program is a new initiative to provide a program for members under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leaderships skills through SME and would like to pursue involvement at the highest level. The interns will gain experience and understanding of the organization and bring new perspectives to current issues. The program is open to all SME members who have completed their bachelor’s and are under the age of 40. Applicants will have to give examples of SME involvement and overall leadership experiences. Click here to learn more and apply 


If you want to get involved, the following competitions offer a way to unleash your competitive spirit and showcase your knowledge of the industry.



Individual Student Competitions

Graduate Student Research Poster Contest

The purpose of the Graduate Student Research Poster Contest is to recognize excellence in research in various minerals-related fields. The contest will provide an opportunity for the graduate students to showcase their work in a visible setting and to compete for cash prizes based on the quality of their posters as determined by a team of judges. The goal of the contest is to bolster graduate student education and contribute to research in mining and mineral studies.

Mineral & Metallurgical Processing (MPD) Division Student Poster Contest

SME's Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division (MPD) invites all interested students to participate in its Student Poster Contest in conjunction with the SME Annual Conference & Expo. This is an excellent opportunity for students to present their research in a fun environment and to network with industry professionals.

Environmental Division (ED) Student Poster Contest

The Environmental Division (ED) holds an annual student poster session as a way to encourage and foster the next generation of Geologists, Geological Engineers, Environmental Engineers, and Environmental Scientists, and to support their academic achievements. The ED welcomes both graduate and undergraduate participants from a diversity of universities.

Team Student Competitions

SME/NSSGA Student Design Competition
Metallic Student Design Competition

The Student Design Competition is a two-stage competition involving a technical design stage and an oral presentation stage based on an aggregate mining industry design problem.

The Metallic Student Design Competition (SDC) is a hard rock competition focused on the evaluation of a mineral deposit (precious/base metal or industrial mineral) and the development of a potential flowsheet and process design. The competition will be conducted in two stages, with the second stage and final judging taking place at the SME annual conference. The new Metallic SDC is modeled after the SME/NSSGA competition, which is based on an aggregate mining industry design problem. 


Student Chapter Competitions