Assistance for Student Chapters

SME provides several resources to help student chapters.

Student Chapter Start-Up

Upon obtaining official student chapter status, the student chapter receives $75 to assist with the initial conduct of its business.


Student Chapter Travel Allowance

A travel allowance for SME Student Members who have traveled to SME meetings is available to each SME Student Chapter. The allowance is 15¢ per mile per SME Student Member, with a maximum of $1,500 per Student Chapter per academic year with receipts and submission of a student chapter annual report. To receive the allowance, a Student Member Travel Report must be completed following attendance at an SME meeting and returned to SME headquarters no later than May 1.

NOTE: This program may not be available in certain years. Please check with SME Education Coordinator Mona Vandervoort, vandervoort@smenet.org, before making travel arrangements.


Minerals Education Coalition

As the education and outreach program of SME, the Minerals Education Coalition (MEC) supports Student Chapter outreach. At MineralsEducationCoalition.org/SME-Outreach-Resources, find assistance for your student chapter outreach, including:

Presentation Resources

  • Presentations

  • Handouts

  • Tips

Free, downloadable educational resources, including:


Special pricing for bulk posters
MEC Student Chapter Award