Nomination and Selection

Nomination Process

Nominations for the Mines Medal Award are being accepted from individuals and those representing universities, government agencies, corporations, private and non-profit research groups, and professional societies. Nomination forms are available at and all requested information must be provided. Updated or additional information may supplement an active nomination at any time.

Nomination Deadline
The next request for nominations will begin in 2014.

Selection Process


In addition to the overall contributions of the nominee's career, his/her influence in engineering or science, and significance of extraordinary, meritorious, or prestigious contributions toward resolution or understanding of the technological challenges that impact society, candidates for the Mines Medal:

  • show evidence of being transformational individuals, often as rising or confirmed leaders in their fields
  • are scientific or technical leaders who motivate and inspire
  • have specific accomplishments in an appropriate field
  • further the frontiers and expand the boundaries of engineering or science


A Technical Review Committee reviews all nominations and is comprised of representatives with extensive background in engineering and/or science. The Technical Review Committee evaluates candidates to determine whether they meet the nomination criteria and have made significant contributions to engineering or science. The Technical Review Committee prepares a list of finalists for consideration by the Mines Medal Selection Committee.

Expectations for Mines Medalists

The School of Mines expects that Mines Medalists will:

  • Attend the Mines Medal Award Ceremony held in conjunction with their award in Rapid City, South Dakota;
  • Present a technical seminar to faculty and students at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology;
  • Present a public lecture in Rapid City; and
  • Recognize the Mines Medal as a highly distinguished career honor.