Awards Details

Raja V. and Geetha V. Ramani
The Ramani Graduate Students Award was established to provide support for one or more, outstanding graduate students pursuing an MS or a PhD degree in their thesis writing (Ramani Thesis Writing Award)

or

Traveling to the SME Annual Conference to present papers based on their thesis (Ramani Travel Award).


Nominees must be enrolled in the graduate study program in mining, mineral processing; geological engineering or other similar engineering fields at the time of nomination and be a student member of SME.
Award Description
The Raja V. and Geetha V. Ramani Graduate Students Award (Ramani Thesis Writing Award and Ramani Travel Award) was established in 2016 in honor of Raj Ramani.

Raj Ramani is a father, professor, author, and most of all, a great teacher and a superb mentor of numerous mining students worldwide. The award is granted from the Ramani Children, Deepak and Lakshmi Ramani and Gautam and Geetha Ramani and one of his Ph.D. students at Penn State University, Dr. Sukumar Bandopadhyay, now an Emeritus Professor of Mining Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

After graduating from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, in Mining Engineering with First Class Honors in 1962, Dr. Ramani had a distinguished career as a mining engineer, and a First Class Mine Manager in India. He joined Penn State as a graduate student in 1966, obtaining a Master’s and Ph.D. in Mining Engineering. He stayed on at Penn State where he directed nearly 100 graduate students from 25 countries for graduate degrees, published over 200 research papers, co-authored an authoritative text on mine ventilation and air-conditioning, and contributed to 25 books, handbooks and encyclopedias. He has edited the proceedings of 15 national and international symposiums. Dr. Ramani's research has also resulted in over 125 research reports to the sponsoring agencies. Six of his graduate students have won the annual Society of Mining Engineers’ [SME] Graduate Student Paper Contest. Over 10 of his former students hold leadership positions in academic institutions around the globe.

Preferred nominations are from professors for their student(s).
Nominations for the Ramani Thesis Writing Award should contain the following information:
1. Completed nomination form including demographic and contact information for both the nominee and the principal nominator, and the reasons for nomination.
2. Two letters of support from faculty members familiar with nominees work, may include nominator.
3. Provide abstract of proposed thesis and timeline for completion. (Minimum of 2 pages, maximum of 3 pages.)
4. Nominee’s C/V resume (2-page maximum).
Nominations for the Ramani Travel Award should contain the following information:
1. Completed nomination form including demographic and contact information for both the nominee and the principal nominator, and the reasons for nomination.
2. Two letters of support from faculty members familiar with nominees work, may include nominator.
3. Provide title of paper to be presented and abstract. (Limit 400-800 words.)
4. Nominee’s C/V resume (2-page maximum).
This scholarship is open to United States and Non-U.S. citizens. Both may apply.
The recipient of the award is expected to attend the SME Foundation Gala at the annual conference.
Nominations open September 1st and will close October 15th.
Additional Information
Nomination for this award is currently closed.

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