GEM Student Chapter Award

In September 2011, the SME Foundation's Board of Trustees voted to create the Minerals Education Coalition (MEC) to further unify and strengthen the development, production and distribution of credible and objective mining and mineral education programs and activities. The MEC is comprised of SME's former GEM and Mii Programs and is intended to also leverage new strategic partnerships, alliances and collaborations. It is envisioned that the MEC will help to create an enlightened and supportive public that appreciates the importance of mining and minerals to their lives and their lifestyles.

Starting in 2012, SME no longer made additional GEM or Mii Awards. Instead, the MEC Committee designated four award categories to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations which have significantly aided in its activities and programs.

Past Award Winners

2011 - Montana Tech
2010 - WVU Student Chapter
2009 - Virginia Tech
2008 - University of Kentucky
2007 - University of Kentucky
2006 - West Virginia University Student Chapter
2005 - Anderson Carlisle Tech Society of Montana Tech
2004 - Colorado School of Mines Student Chapter
2003 - University of Arizona Student Chapter of SME
2002 - University of Missouri-Rolla Student Chapter of SME
2001 - Colorado School of Mines Student Chapter of SME
2000 - University of Missouri-Rolla Student Chapter of SME

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