Signature Co-curricular Programs

Cocurricular Programs at South Dakota Mines are available to students involved in a variety of disciplines and exist to empower students, bring them new and enriching experiences, foster academic achievement, and create outreach to potential students interested in science and engineering. 

The following highlights some of the signature cocurricular programs.


South Dakota Mines offers students a unique opportunity to participate in a student-centered, hands-on, engineering program called CAMP.  

CAMP is a competitive, nationally recognized program that brings together students, faculty, and industry leaders to partner on real-world projects. Students participating in CAMP can be part of a team preparing for a wide range of national collegiate competitions ranging from robotics to rockets to race cars.
Learn more about CAMP


First Year Peer Mentors

The first-year peer mentoring program pairs first-year, degree-seeking students with upper-class students in the same discipline.  Mentors help their first-year mentees get acclimated to campus life, make the home-to-college transition, prepare for finals and get connected to academic resources, and find their way around the Black Hills and Rapid City. 
Find out more about the program.

The SD-FIRST program at South Dakota Mines supports first-generation students, creating an environment where they will find success.  
Our SD-FIRST program provides evidence-based resiliency support in academic, social, and economic areas with the goal of helping first-generation students find success, and ultimately graduate with a degree from South Dakota Mines. The program is designed to give students the tools to better understand and navigate a college culture and encourage higher levels of emotional intelligence in students, which results in greater involvement in campus life, higher retention and graduation rates, and more first-generation students entering the STEM fields.

Find out more about SD-FIRST

Tiospaye in Science and Engineering Program aims to increase the number of American Indian students graduating from South Dakota Mines with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, mathematics, and science fields through financial, academic, professional, cultural, and social support.
Find out more about Tiospaye.
The Women in Science and Engineering Center exists to help every woman student at South Dakota Mines succeed by providing opportunities for actively engaging in the world through leadership, professional development, and outreach.  WiSE provides students, with particular emphasis on women, with support, encouragement, and information intended to help them stay in STEM fields. Find out more about W.I.S.E.