Two Mining Engineering Students to be Awarded National Scholarships

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The University of Kentucky Department of Mining Engineering will see two of its students awarded national scholarships at the upcoming Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ph.D. student Kevin Harris has been selected to receive the Felicia F. Peng Ground Control in Mining Scholarship. The $5,000 award was established in 2009 to promote the science of ground control. Kevin had previously won SME’s Seeley W. Mudd Memorial Ph.D. Fellowship, which contributed multi-year funding for his Ph.D. program.

Colton Parsons, a senior who will graduate this May, will be given the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America/Society for Mining, Metallurgy Presidential Scholarship. The $4,000 award is given annually to an outstanding student whose study program encompasses any aspect of the extractive minerals industry.

“These are significant achievements,” said department chair Dr. Rick Honaker. “We look forward to seeing Kevin and Colton receive their awards in Salt Lake City next month.”

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