Awards Details

Outstanding Student Chapter Report Contest
Student Chapters play an important role in professional development. Each year since 1967, SME has recognized the most outstanding student chapter. This award is one of high distinction because it is evidence that a chapter has conducted its business in a professional manner. The winner and three runners-up are determined by a review of the Student Chapter Annual Reports by a panel of judges. Annual Reports must be received by the contest deadline (June 1, 2018) to be included in the Outstanding Student Chapter contest or the MEC Award.
Award Description
This award is based on Chapter Reports; nominations are not accepted for this award. Chapter reports are judged on the basis of a comprehensive review and evaluation with other reports from competing chapters. These chapter reports are used to evaluate the level and quality of chapter activities and operations. The financial resources of our Chapters vary therefore, the selection process for the award places a strong emphasis on a Chapter's activities as opposed to the glossiness of reporting those activities. The winning chapter receives a $500 cash award, a certificate of recognition and a ticket to the awards banquet at the SME annual meeting. The winning chapter also receives a travel allowance of up to $500 to offset travel expenses related to the meeting. The three runner-up chapters receive certificates of recognition. All entrants are recognized in Mining Engineering.
SME Outstanding Student Chapter Contest
The SME Outstanding Student Chapter Annual Report Contest is the method of measuring Student Chapter achievements. More than a contest, the Annual Report is equivalent to a report to shareholders, and should be produced as such. As the AR is the formal representation of the chapter’s goals and activities, it should be professional in appearance, presentation and content. The quality of the physical report as well as its contents is evaluated. Reports should include elements of any quality written document including; correct English usage, formatting, layout, appearance, and integrity of data when compared to summary.
Report contents should include:
- Table of Contents
- President’s Report
- Treasurer’s Report
- Secretary’s Report
- Activities Report
- Signature Page
For additional information, download the Criteria for the Outstanding Sudent Chapter Contest.
Apply for the MEC Student Chapter Award
In order to be considered for the MEC Student Chapter Award, you must submit your annual report online at
Additional Information
Nomination for this award is currently closed.


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