The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) and the SME Foundation announced the recipients of the 2018 Ph.D. Fellowship and the Academic Career Development grants.

June 26, 2018

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) and the SME Foundation announced the recipients of the 2018 Ph.D. Fellowship and the Academic Career Development grants. The grant program helps rebuild the mining school faculty pipeline, which will provide the graduates that will become the leaders of the global mining and minerals industry.

“The long-term challenges that threaten the viability of U.S. mining schools and the looming workforce shortage are of utmost importance to the entire mining community,” says SME Executive Director David L. Kanagy in a press release. “To address these challenges, SME and the SME Foundation are proud to award these grants to ensure the sustainability of U.S. mining schools and their faculty. We offer our congratulations to these dedicated industry educators.”

The Academic Career Development Grant gives each recipient $100,000 per year for a maximum of three years and provides financial support to assistant or associate professors to fulfill requirements for achieving tenure and promotion. The Ph.D. Fellowship Grant gives $60,000 to each recipient for a maximum of four years and provides students with industry experience and a desire to pursue an academic career with financial support necessary to acquire a doctoral degree.

The 2019 grant application period runs from Dec. 1, 2018 through Jan. 31, 2019. For more information on the SME mining academic grant programs, go to www.smenet.org/students/grants-scholarships.

  • Freeport-McMoRan Career Development Grants — Javad Sattarvand, Assistant Professor of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno; and Jaeheon Lee, Associate Professor of Mining and Geological Engineering, University of Arizona.
  • Shoemaker Ph.D. Fellowship Grant — Robert Doug Weyher, University of Utah, Mining Engineering
  • McIntosh Ph.D. Fellowship Grant — Aaron Young, University of Utah, Mining Engineering.

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