Eligibility requirements for the Young Scientist Award are four fold:
1. The nominee must hold at least a baccalaureate degree and be working in the industrial minerals industry.
2. The nominee must not reach his or her 40th birthday before the Award is presented at the Annual Meeting.
3. The nominee must have prepared a technical report for presentation at any meeting of the industrial minerals industry or for publication in any scientific journal.
4. The award may be presented to a non-member of SME with the provision that the Division makes him/her a member by awarding him/her a one-year membership.