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.

  • 2023 – Universidad Nacional de Cajamarca Student Chapter
  • 2022

    Student Chapter Annual Report Winner

    Sohag University

    Faculty Advisor – Professor Abdelbaset Abudeif

    SC President – Maha Fouad Mahmoud

    Nassar City, Sohag, Egypt

    1st Runner Up

    Universidad Nacional de Cajamarca

    Faculty Advisor– Professor Danny Valderrama

    SC President – Marco Esau Portal Valdivia

    Lima, Peru

    2nd Runner Up

    Universidad Nacional De Colombia

    Faculty Sponsor – Dr. Oscar J. Restrepo Baena

    SC President – Tommy Vallejo Lopez

    Medellin, Colombia

    3rd Runner Up

    University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

    Faculty Sponsor Randall Barnes

    SC President – Madison Haydn-Myer

    Minneapolis, MN

  • 2021 - National Autonomous University of Mexico
  • 2020 – Univ of KY-SME Norwood Student Chapter
  • 2018

    Student Chapter Annual Report Winner

    Colorado School of Mines Student Chapter of SME

    Colorado School of Mines Faculty Advisor – Dr. J├╝rgen 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.