Graduate Student Research Poster Contest

The purpose of the SME 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.

The Graduate Student Research Poster Contest is open to any SME student member who is currently enrolled in a minerals-related graduate program. The posters will be on display in a designated area near the exhibit hall at the MINEXCHANGE 2024. The contestants will be required to be present at a predetermined time, discuss their research with interested attendees and answer questions posed by the judges. The judging team will consist of five members from academia, industry and government. A rubric for judging the posters will be prepared in advance of the contest and made available to the contestants.

WHO PARTICIPATES? Graduate student members from all SME disciplines.
LOCATION: MINEXCHANGE 2024 SME Annual Conference & Expo
TOPIC: Open topic reflecting the graduate student’s thesis.
The topic should highlight the graduate student’s research work.

ABSTRACT: The abstract is limited to 200 words and is due by January 31, 2024. The abstract should describe what the graduate student intends to display on the poster and a brief description of the research.

The entries will be judged on:
  1. Technical competence
  2. Thoroughness of approach
  3. Quality of the delivery and oral presentation

1st place - $1,000
2nd place - $800
3rd place - $600
4th place - $400
5th place - $200

Abstract submissions are available beginning December 4, 2023.


Those accepted will be sent poster guidelines and should plan on presenting their posters during the MINEXCHANGE 2023 SME Annual Conference & Expo.

For additional information, contact Dr. Pedram Roghanchi at, Dr. Mohammad Rezaee at, or the SME Education Department at