Students in the program often join one of our dynamic student organizations.
These student groups are very active and provide additional opportunities for trips and professional development.
S&T offers numerous opportunities for you to develop your leadership skills in any of our 200-plus recognized student organizations.
Student Team. Officially known as the Intercollegiate Mining Games, mucking teams train in seven old-time mining techniques and compete in memory of the miners who died in the Sunshine Mine Disaster on May 2nd, 1972, in Kellogg, Idaho. The competition attracts student teams from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Teams rotate hosting the competition.
The ISEE is the largest professional society for explosives engineers and practitioners in the world. It advances the science and art of explosives engineering. The ISEE Student Chapter connects S&T students with the broader explosives industry and provides opportunities for networking with the industry.
The NSSGA is the trade group for the aggregates industry. Its members include stone, sand and gravel producers and the equipment manufacturers and service providers who support them. The NSSGA Student Chapter helps develop students who are interested in the aggregates industry by engaging them in the society.
Federal law requires underground mines to have mine rescue teams on call in case of a mine emergency (they are the first responders of the mining world). Mine rescue teams are required to undergo regular training including competing periodically at events that simulate mining emergencies. Our student mine rescue team competes in the Missouri Regional Mine Rescue Competition (held at our Experimental Mine for mines in Missouri, Illinois and surrounding states) and national competitions.
Student Chapter. SME is the leading professional society for mining professionals in the world. It serves the mining, resources and underground construction communities. The SME Student Chapter serves as a link between student members and the broader society.
Women in Mining is an international society dedicated to supporting and promoting women in the mining industry. The society welcomes membership from individuals employed in, associated with or interested in the mining industry. The organization is NOT limited to women only. The WiM Student Chapter organizes students to participate in WiM activities on and off campus.
The mine design teams compete in student mine design competitions organized by the Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME). Teams of up to six students compete in solving real-life mine planning and design challenges in a two-phase competition. Phase 1 solutions are presented to industry judges in a written report and Phase 2 solutions are presented in front of a panel of judges during the SME Annual Meeting.