UCA Scholarships

The Underground Construction Association of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (UCA of SME) Scholarship has been established to encourage the introduction of undergraduate and graduate academic pursuits and careers in the field of tunneling and underground construction and numerous associated disciplines involved in the development, planning, design, and construction of underground infrastructure. The UCA of SME annually awards one or more scholarships to promising college students who desire to develop their skills in tunneling and underground mining.

The Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference (RETC) is a biennial international conference dedicated to the exchange of new developments in the technology of underground rapid excavation and tunneling on a global scale. The RETC Attendance Award provides selected students with an opportunity to attend the RETC or NAT Conference. Applicants must be full-time freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate students with a designated major in an applicable field of engineering (civil, mechanical, mining, electrical, geological) or construction management. Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in the underground industry.
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The Rapid Excavation & Tunneling Conference (RETC) of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration annually awards one or more scholarships to promising college students who desire to develop their skills in the tunneling industry. The total amount of the award (approximately $5,000) is apportioned to one or more students at the discretion of the RETC Executive Committee.
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UCA of SME Young Members (UCAYM) Scholarship for RETC Attendance provides selected students with an opportunity to attend the RETC Conference where they can experience first hand the challenges, opportunities and rewards of a career in the field of tunneling and underground construction.
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If there are any questions, contact:
Underground Construction Association of SME Scholarship
Membership Services Department
12999 E. Adam Aircraft Cir
Englewood, CO 80112
Phone: 303-948-4200
Fax: 303-948-4265
Email: scholarships@smenet.org