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Colorado School of Mines

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home_CO Mines edited.jpgWritten by: Sarah Young, University of Rochester

Colorado School of Mines

Location:  Golden, Colorado

Mission:  The Colorado School of Mines shall have a unique mission in energy, mineral and materials science and engineering and associated engineering and science fields. The school shall be the primary institution of higher education offering energy, mineral and materials science and mineral engineering degrees at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.


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The majority, if not all, of the graduate programs at the Colorado School of Mines provide opportunities for research and study in the field of renewable energy, but here are two we would like to highlight:

MS and PHD in Environmental Science and Engineering

MS in Materials Science

They also have remarkable options available for undergraduates. Check out the course descriptions for their Energy Minor.

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The School of Mines emphasizes environmental stewardship in all its fields; this is apparent in many of their research areas.

 Solar Hydrogen

 H2 Conversion by Phototrophic Algae

 Fuel Cells

 CSM also puts out an annual publication, Earth and the Environment to highlight ongoing research at their school and by alumni.

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In addition to research, the School of Mines provides a wide variety of opportunities for students outside the classroom.

 Renewable Energy Research Experience for Undergraduates

 Conference on Earth and Energy Research

 Engineers without Borders (watch a video about EWB and their work here.)

 Material Science and Engineering Club


You can also browse their other student organizations through this directory.


Our Favorite Find:  “From lab to solar leader: The Story of Mines, NREL, and PrimeStar

 In October 2011, General Electric announced plans to construct what will be the largest US photovoltaic power plant of its kind in Aurora, Colorado. Integral to this venture is GE’s recent purchase of PrimeStar, a solar company founded in part by Joe Beach, a former Mines graduate student and current research professor. To read more about this remarkable collaboration between university researchers and industry professionals, click here.

Other Helpful Links: Contact, Admissions, and Board of Trustees

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