Students

Networking & Development Opportunities for Students

Check out conference events specifically geared to provide you with an experience set to inspire you in your studies and able to open the doors to future prospects.


SME/NSSGA STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION: FINAL PRESENTATIONS

Sunday, February 26, 2023 | 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

The SME/NSSGA Student Design competition is a two-phase, team-based competition involving an aggregate mining technical design and an oral presentation. The technical design phase takes place during the first semester of the school year on each team's campus. In the second phase of the competition, students have one weekend to solve a design problem and present their findings to a panel of judges. The competition is designed to simulate an engineering project prepared by an engineering group for a company. Past problems have highlighted the challenges of mine planning, plant design, reserve modeling, and feasibility analysis.

The Teams Competing in Phase 2 are:

  • Colorado School of Mines - Motherlode Mining
  • Missouri University of Science & Technology - Good Mining Consulting
  • Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos - SM Industrial Aggregates
  • University of Kentucky - Gneiss Guys
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University - Gneissest Guys
  • West Virginia University - Team Sunnyside

Sponsored by:
Pending

 



SME METALLIC STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION: FINAL PRESENTATIONS

Sunday, February 26, 2023 | 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Metallic Student Design Competition (SDC) is a two-phase, team-based hard rock competition focused on the evaluation of a mineral deposit (precious/base metal or industrial mineral) and the development of a potential flowsheet and process design.

The Metallic competition is conducted in two phases. The first phase is the technical design phase, which takes place during the first semester of the school year on each team's campus. In the second phase of the competition, students have one weekend to develop a solution to the Phase 2 problem and present their findings to a panel of judges.

The Teams Competing in Phase 2 are:

  • Universidad Nacional de Ingeniera - MM UNI Mining Consulting
  • University of Kentucky - Team Kentucky
  • University of Arizona - Los Gatos Consulting
  • University of Arizona - Stonecrushers Consulting
  • Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos - Global Mining
  • National University of San Agustin of Arequipa - Qhuya Tam UNSA

Sponsored by:
Title Sponsor: Rio Tinto
Pending


STUDENT ENGAGEMENT BREAKFAST

Sunday, February 26, 2023 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am

The Student Engagement Breakfast gives students the unique opportunity to connect with industry leaders and learn special insight into new technologies used in the mining industry today. The breakfast is sponsored annually by mining companies to showcase emerging technology and innovation. All student attendees are invited to the breakfast. Contact Mona Vandervoort at vandervoort@smenet.org for more information.  

Exclusively Sponsored by: Freeport-McMoRan


 

SME STUDENT FORUM

Sunday, February 26, 2023 | Noon – 1:30 pm

Join us and our executive sponsor Newmont for an exciting lunch and interactive program. Celebrate with your peers as we announce the winner of the SME Outstanding Student Chapter Contest, the Student Chapter MEC Award, and the 2022 Student Membership Challenge winner.

Sponsored by: Newmont

 

GRADUATE STUDENT POSTER CONTEST

Sunday, February 26, 2023 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The contest provides an opportunity for 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.

Supporting sponsor: Freeport-McMoRan

 

SME AND KOMATSU STUDENT & PROFESSOR ENGAGEMENT RECEPTION

Monday, February 27, 2023 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come one, come all to the favorite student event at the SME Annual Conference & Expo each year! Watch for more details coming soon!

Brought to you in partnership with Komatsu

 

COLLEGIATE MINE SKILLS COMPETITION

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Come and watch mine rescue teams compete at the Collegiate Mine Rescue Skills Competition organized by the Young Leaders Committee. The event highlights collegiate mine rescue by providing student teams an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge at the SME Annual Conference. The four events, Apparatus Benching, First Aid, Gas Detector Tech, and Written Exam, make up the contest with a best-of-three-event score determining the winner. Event room doors will be open, and all SME attendees are welcome to observe the teams compete.

  • Collegiate Mine Rescue Skills: Bench                 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
     
  • Collegiate Mine Rescue Skills: Exam                   3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
     
  • Collegiate Mine Rescue Skills: First Aid              3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
     
  • Collegiate Mine Rescue Skills: Gas Test              3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 

MPD STUDENT POSTER CONTEST

Wednesday, March 1, 2023 | 8:00 am – Noon

The Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division invites all graduate and undergraduate students with a research topic related to mineral processing or extractive metallurgy to participate in the MPD Student Poster Contest! You will have an invaluable opportunity to present and highlight your work in a fun environment, and network with industry and academic professionals. All accepted contestants receive complimentary tickets to the MPD Luncheon and are awarded attractive cash prizes of $125 up to $1,000.

  • Abstract submission deadline                                                                 January 31
     
  • Hang poster in foyer outside MPD Luncheon ballroom                    7:30 am – 8:00 am
     
  • Remain with poster for judging and to answer questions                8:00 am – 11:30 am
     
  • Winners announced during MPD Luncheon                                      12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

For contest guidelines, visit: https://www.smenet.org/Professional-Development/Awards-Competitions/MPD-Division-Student-Poster-Contest