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 $1,000 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,, 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, 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