Awards Details

Robert H. Richards Award
The Robert H. Richards Award recognizes achievement that furthers the art of mineral beneficiation.
Scholarship Description
The Robert H. Richards Award in Minerals Beneficiation (Richards Award) recognizes achievement in any form that unmistakably furthers the art of mineral beneficiation in any of its branches and may be awarded from time to time upon authorization by the SME Board of Directors on recommendation of the Robert H. Richards Committee of Award.

There are no limitations regarding nationality or membership in the AIME Member Societies, but preference is given to members. If a committee member is nominated, they will either find a replacement committee member so that they can resign for the year or remove their nomination until their term is up. Candidate must be living or passed away prior to May 1st of the nomination year.

No AIME Major Award winner is eligible to be nominated for another AIME Major Award until 9 years shall have elapsed, and the nomination support package shall conspicuously reference work in a new field or significant new accomplishments in the field for which the original award was made. (The AIME Major Awards are the Charles F. Rand Memorial Gold Medal, Robert Earll McConnell? Award, James Douglas Gold Medal, Hal Williams Hardinge Award, Erskine Ramsay Medal, Robert H. Richards Award, William Lawrence Saunders Gold Medal, Benjamin F. Fairless Award and Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal.)

AIME Board members are exempt from receiving AIME awards.
Robert H. Richards Award Conditions for Nomination
There are no eligibility limitations regarding nationality or membership in the society, though preference is given to society members. AIME Board members are exempt from receiving AIME awards.All candidates must be living at the time of selection.
No person who has been awarded any one of the nine AIME major awards (Douglas, Saunders, Lucas, Rand, Ramsay, Richards, Fairless, Hardinge, and McConnell) is eligible for consideration for any other of the eight honors.
Additional Information
Nomination for this award is currently closed.

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