MPD Division Student Poster Contest

Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division

Each year, students submit their abstracts online and then display their posters at the MPD Lunch held during the SME Annual Conference & Expo.

They explain their research in person to a panel of judges selected from industry, academia and the MPD division leadership, who review the quality of abstracts, posters and presentations to determine the winners.

The MPD Student Poster Contest is now the MPD Student Video Contest! The MPD invites all interested and eligible students to participate.

As usual, cash prizes will be available to the top entries, and students will have an invaluable opportunity to present and highlight their work, and network virtually with industry and academic professionals, in an MPD Student Video Contest virtual session.


Started in 2010 by the Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division as a way to encourage and foster the next generation of mineral-processing and metallurgy professionals and support their academic achievements, the MPD Student Poster Contest has proved to be highly successful, welcoming graduate and undergraduate participants from a diversity of universities. 

Given the unique challenges for this year, the MPD has opted to modify the poster contest to provide a better platform to showcase the student research in a virtual setting. Rather than a traditional poster contest, students will submit short videos of their research. A panel of industry and academic judges will compile and assess these videos, and the top videos will be featured in a virtual video session.


MPD Student Video Contest

Contest Details:

  • To qualify, you must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited university, and your research topic for the contest must be focused on mineral processing or extractive metallurgy.

  • There will be two levels of judging: graduate and undergraduate.

  • Each level will have two phases of judging: abstracts and video presentations.

  • Prizes for graduates: $1,000 for 1st, $500 for 2nd, and $200 for 3rd-7th.

  • Prizes for undergraduates: $1,000 for 1st, $500 for 2nd, and $250 for 3rd.

  • Up to 10 additional non-placing participants (main author) will receive $125 each.

  • Videos from the prizewinners and 10 non-placing participants will be featured in a virtual video session that will be promoted to the MPD membership.

  • All entries must be from individual students (co-authors may only be research advisors).

Contest Format and Timeline:

To enter, submit a 1-page abstract file as a PDF file to by March 31, 2021:

  • 1 page (including text and graphics); 8.5” x 11” paper size; 1” margins.

  • Name the file: “(your last name)(your first name)_MPD contest (year of contest).pdf”

  • Format according to the provided Abstract Template.

An accept/reject notification will be sent by April 7, 2021.
If accepted, submit an up to 3-minute video by April 30, 2021.

  • We recommend videos are prepared and approved by research sponsors several days in advance.
  • Videos must be recorded in MP4 format.
  • In the video, you will present your research using the provided quad-chart template on a single slide.

Provisions for submitting the MP4 file will be coordinated between the contestants and the contest chair, Aaron Noble

Judging will focus on the technical quality of the research, the written quality of the abstract, and the presentation during the video.

Winners will be announced during the virtual video session to be held in late May.

Failure to follow the guidelines and due dates listed here may result in ineligibility.