Outstanding Student Chapter Contest

Student chapters play an integral role in career planning and professional development. Each year the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) recognizes outstanding achievement at the student chapter level by honoring the four top contestants in its Outstanding Student Chapter Contest.

Chapter reports are judged on the basis of a comprehensive review and evaluation with other reports from competing chapters. These chapter reports are used to evaluate the level and quality of chapter activities and operations. The financial resources of our Chapters vary therefore, the selection process for the award places a strong emphasis on a Chapter's activities as opposed to the glossiness of reporting those activities.

The winning chapter receives a $500 cash award, a certificate of recognition and a ticket to the awards banquet at the SME annual meeting. The winning chapter also receives a travel allowance of up to $500 to offset travel expenses related to the meeting. The three runner-up chapters receive certificates of recognition. All entrants are recognized in Mining Engineering.

Outstanding Student Chapter Award Recipients

SME Outstanding Student Chapter MEC Award
Student Chapter MEC Award is for the Student Chapter's MEC program, community service and/or other educational outreach activities. The award selection committee will use the material written in the annual report to select the award recipient. The winning SME Student Chapter receives a prize of $250, a certificate of recognition, and one ticket to the awards banquet at the SME Annual Meeting. The chapter receives a travel allowance up to $500 to send a representative to the Annual Meeting.

Outstanding Student Chapter MEC Award Recipients