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Student Life

Mining engineering students at WVU have been known to be active not only at the Department level but also at College and national level. They are strongly connected with alumni who have supported them at various capacities.

Department Activities

Some of the regular activities at the local level where the students often participate are:

  • West Virginia Coal Mining Institute and SME Central Appalachian Section Joint Annual Meeting at the Greenbrier, in White Sulphur Springs, in October.
  • Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America and SME Pittsburgh Section Joint Annual Meeting at South Pointe, Pennsylvania, in October.
  • West Virginia Coal Mining and WV Coal Association and Reclamation Annual Meeting, Glade Springs Resort, Daniel or Pipestem Resort in May.
  • Charleston Coal Mining Institute and Coal Association Joint Meeting.
  • Field trips to surface mining operation, underground mining operation and coal preparation plant and surface material handling facilities operation.

Student Organizations

The mining engineering department has a rich history in mining, especially in West Virginia. Graduates have been recognized at national levels for their achievements by societies such as:

  • SME (The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Inc.)

    For connecting and developing future mining engineer, SME societies have been created at the college level. The society is involved in various exciting activities throughout the academic year.

  • The WVU Mine Rescue Team

    The WVU Mine Rescue Team is a student-managed organization dedicated to improving mine emergency response and safety. Members receive training on breathing apparatus, first aid, firefighting, ventilation and mine rescue techniques. Typically, the organization will enter one or two teams in a mine rescue skills contest in the spring semester to assess their abilities against professional industry teams.

    The team is a part of the local mine rescue community and sends volunteers to assist at mine rescue competitions and has participated in a number of developmental initiatives for improving mine rescue communication and training.

  • WVU Women in Mining Chapter

    National Women In Mining (WIM) is a nationwide organization composed of individuals employed in, associated with, or interested in the mining industry. The Organization is NOT limited to women only.

    Members include engineers, geologists, land men, secretaries, lobbyists, mine workers, educators, and concerned citizens. Many WIM members are business and civic leaders extending their influence and expertise into their local communities. Such varied backgrounds are extremely beneficial to the organization and members are encouraged to share this expertise and experience both formally and informally.

    In addition to providing valuable educational benefits, the WIM organization offers members an opportunity to become acquainted and work with others involved in the mining industry and thereby acquire new personal and professional contacts.

Statler Student Life

Our College has an active and diverse student body, with dozens of student organizations, honorariums and professional societies. As a student in our College, you will have many opportunities to interact with your fellow students, faculty and professionals in your field. The University has intramural sports and a wide range of academic and social organizations for people of all interests. The energy from athletics is unsurpassed. Students in our College find friends, fun and positive, life-changing experiences in and out of the classroom.

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The Office of Student Services is dedicated to serving the students of the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Please visit us in Room 340 of the Mineral Resources Building at any time. We will do everything we can to help you succeed and achieve your academic and personal goals.

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