Mining School Faculty Grant Application Period Opens December 1, 2017

By Jackie Dorr posted 11-29-2017 01:22 PM

SME program supports United States educators

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Foundation (SMEF) is pleased to announce the application period for the Ph.D. Fellowship and Academic Career Development Grants will run December 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018. The program was implemented in 2015 to address the long-term sustainability of U.S. mining engineering, mineral processing and extractive metallurgy programs, and particularly the declining number of senior faculty members teaching those programs.

“The dwindling number of qualified faculty at U.S. mining schools ultimately affects the number of graduates who will constitute the workforce needed to meet the global demand for minerals,” said SME Executive Director David L. Kanagy. “The challenges associated with faculty scarcity extend from the ability of students with industry experience to successfully complete a Ph.D. degree, to newly employed faculty who are facing the difficult process of achieving tenure. SME and the SME Foundation have implemented this program to address and remedy the threat to our future workforce.”

Large supporters of the program include Freeport-McMoRan, Caterpillar Global Mining, R.G. Dewey, Kinross Gold, Scott McIntosh Fund, Seeley Mudd Fund, Royal Gold, Robert S. Shoemaker & Family, Boart Longyear, Murray Energy, and Ronald & Connie Parratt. Numerous smaller contributions have been received by many other supporters. Grants ranging from $60,000 to $100,000 are awarded annually. The directives of the program are:

Career Development Grant - provides assistant or associate professors with the resources necessary to achieve promotion and tenure.
Ph.D. Fellowship Grant - provides financial support to Ph.D. candidates with industry experience and a desire to pursue an academic career with the means of acquiring a doctoral degree.

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