Outstanding Student Chapter Contest Award

Each year the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) recognizes outstanding achievement at the student chapter level by honoring the four top contestants in its Outstanding Student Chapter Contest.

The winning chapter receives a $500 cash award, a certificate of recognition and a ticket to the awards banquet at the SME annual meeting. The winning chapter also receives a travel allowance of up to $500 to offset travel expenses related to the meeting. The three runner-up chapters receive certificates of recognition. All entrants are recognized in Mining Engineering.

View the award guidelines

2020 Award Winner:

  • Univ of KY-SME Norwood Student Chapter

2018 Award Winners:

Student Chapter Annual Report Winner
Colorado School of Mines Student Chapter of SME
Colorado School of Mines Faculty Advisor – Dr. Jürgen F. Brune
SC President – Marie Hetherington
Golden, Colorado
1st Runner Up
University of Arizona Student Chapter of SME
University of Arizona Faculty Sponsor – Dr. John M. Kemeny
SC President – James Verbois
Tucson, Arizona
2nd Runner Up
University of Kentucky
University of Kentucky Faculty Advisor – Dr. Jack Groppo
SC President – Bryce Maikranz
Lexington, Kentucky
3rd Runner Up
Universidad Nacional De Colombia
Universidad Nacional De Colombia Faculty Advisor – Dr. Oscar J. Restrepo
SC President – Nestor A. Santa
Medellin, Colombia
  • 2017 - University of Arizona
  • 2016 - Indian Institute of Technology
  • 2015 - University of West Virgina
  • 2014 - University of Arizona
  • 2013 - University of Kentucky
  • 2012 - University of Kentucky
  • 2011 - Not given
  • 2010 - Virginia Tech
  • 2009 - New Mexico Institute of Science & Technology
  • 2008 - University of Kentucky
  • 2007 - West Virginia Student Chapter
  • 2006 - The Pennsylvania St Univ Student Chapter
  • 2005 - Colorado School of Mines Student Chapter of SME
  • 2004 - Not given
  • 2003 - Burkhart Mining Society Student Chapter of SME
  • 2002 - University of Missouri-Rolla Student Chapter - SME
  • 2001 - University of Arizona
  • 2000 - Burkhart Mining Society Student Chapter of SME
  • 1999 - Burkhart Mining Society Student Chapter of SME
  • 1998 - Colorado School of Mines Student Chapter of SME
  • 1997 - Burkhart Mining Society Student Chapter of SME
  • 1996 - University of Missouri-Rolla Student Chapter - SME
  • 1995 - Colorado School of Mines Student Chapter of SME
  • 1994 - John Mackay Club, University of Nevada-Reno
  • 1993 - Norwood Student Chapter of AIME, Univ of Kentucky
  • 1992 - Norwood Student Chapter of AIME, Univ of Kentucky
  • 1991 - Colorado School of Mines Student Chapter of AIME
  • 1990 - Anderson-Carlisle Technical Society, Montana Tech
  • 1989 - Univ of Missouri-Rolla Student Chapter of AIME
  • 1988 - Norwood Student Chapter of AIME, Univ of Kentucky
  • 1987 - West Virginia University Student Chapter of AIME
  • 1986 - University Park Student Chapter of AIME, Penn State University
  • 1985 - The University of Arizona Student Chapter
  • 1984 - The University of Alabama Student Chapter
  • 1983 - University of Arizona
  • 1982 - University of Arizona
  • 1981 - Michigan Technological University
  • 1980 - Colorado School of Mines
  • 1979 - University of Alabama
  • 1978 - Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
  • 1977 - Ward Beetham Student Chapter, Univ of WI-Platteville
  • 1976 - University of Alabama
  • 1975 - Not given
  • 1974 - Not given
  • 1973 - Not given
  • 1972 - Ward Beetham Student Chapter, Univ of WI-Platteville
  • 1971 - The University of Arizona Student Chapter
  • 1970 - Michigan Technological Institute
  • 1969 - Colorado School of Mines
  • 1968 - University of Arizona
  • 1967 - New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology

For more information, please contact SME at awards@smenet.org.