Graduate Student Research
Poster Contest

Abstracts are due December 1, 2016
Send abstracts to Dr. Ebrahim Tarshizi at


The purpose of the Graduate Student Research Poster Contest is to recognize excellence in research in various minerals-related fields by SME. The contest will provide an opportunity for the graduate students to showcase their work in a visible setting and to compete for cash prizes based on the quality of their posters as determined by a team of judges. It is hoped that this will bolster graduate student education and contribute to research in mining and mineral studies.


The Graduate Student Research Poster Contest is open to any SME student member who is currently enrolled in a minerals-related graduate program. The posters will be on display in a designated area in the vicinity of the exhibit hall for the duration of the exhibit. The contestants will be required to be present at a predetermined time to discuss their research with interested attendees and to answer questions posed by the judges. The judging team will consist of five members from academia, industry and government. A rubric for judging the posters will be prepared in advance of the contest and made available to the contestants.


WHO PARTICIPATES? Graduate student members from all SME disciplines.

LOCATION: 2017 SME Annual Conference & Expo – Colorado Convention Center.

TOPIC: Open topic reflecting the graduate’s thesis.
The topic should highlight the graduate’s research work.

ABSTRACT: The abstract is limited to 200 words and is due by December 1, 2016.
It should describe what the graduate student intends to display on the
poster and a brief description of the research.

The entries will be judged on:

  1. Technical competence

  2. Thoroughness of approach

  3. Quality of the delivery and oral presentation

PRIZES: 1st place - $1000, 2nd place - $750, 3rd place - $500, 4th place - $150


Abstracts should be e-mailed to Dr. Ebrahim Tarshizi at They should include all author names,
complete contact information, the school they attend, title, a one-page abstract of no more than 200 words, the faculty advisor and the authors’ disciplines. Information must be submitted no later than December 1, 2016.


Authors will be notified of acceptance by December 20, 2016. Those accepted will be sent poster guidelines and should plan on presenting their posters during the 2017 SME Annual Conference & Expo, February 19-22, in Denver, CO. For additional information, contact Dr. Mohammad Rezaee at or the SME Education Department at

Download the Graduate Student Research Poster Contest brochure.