Undergraduate Studies at Mines

Transformative, Interdisciplinary, and Engaging

Welcome from the Office of Undergraduate Studies

We are here to support students’ holistic educational experience and interdisciplinary exploration. In a world where challenges transcend the boundaries of traditional fields, Mines stands at the forefront of innovation by fostering interdisciplinary collaboration; interconnected knowledge empowers students with a dynamic and versatile education. Our curricula foster exploration of the intersections between engineering, the sciences, and beyond, thereby surpassing the boundaries of any single discipline and equipping graduates with the adaptable mindset needed to solve multifaceted global issues.

We believe that true understanding and growth comes from immersion in diverse experiences beyond classroom walls, offering our students a way to forge their future by recognizing and celebrating a rich array of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The Office of Undergraduate Studies is dedicated to nurturing the whole student—intellectually, socially, and ethically. Our commitment to growth extends to every facet of the Mines experience, ensuring that our students emerge not just as professionals in their chosen field, but as well-rounded individuals prepared to contribute meaningfully to society.


Undergraduate Studies
Alderson Hall, Suite 451
Golden, CO 80401


Colorado Engineering Council (CEC) Silver Medal Awards

The Colorado Engineering Council was founded on May 16, 1919, with eight charter member organizations. Today, the council’s twenty-two member organizations represent over 20,000 of Colorado’s engineers and scientists. For over 30 years, the CEC has recognized meritorious students at Mines and other universities across Colorado with the Silver Medal Award.

The Silver Medal Award honors recent graduates who have exhibited exceptional scholarship, integrity, and engineering abilities; finalists represent exemplary members of the Mines community. Applicants undergo a rigorous, 2-tiered application and selection process, which includes review by an internal Mines committee and in-person interviews with the CEC to determine the winner. Presented once each year at a standalone recognition event in spring, this ceremony recognizes three outstanding individuals from Mines, with the top finalist receiving the prestigious silver medallion.

Colorado Engineering Council Medal
2023 CEC Winners

From left to right
Olivia Jackson, Megan Bausano, Sean Findley

2023 CEC Award Winners

WINNER: Megan A. Bausano

Megan enjoys spending time outdoors skiing, fly fishing, hiking, golfing, and travelling to new places. Her goal is to visit every continent during her lifetime. During her time at Mines, she has been a member of various organizations to include the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, the Sigma Kappa Sorority, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Club Alpine Ski Team, and the Blue Key Honor Society.

Megan has also volunteered for a wide range of community and philanthropic activities including the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the DKMS bone marrow registry, and volunteered for Light the Night event for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Looking forward, Megan has accepted a job offer from KULR Technology as a Battery Design Engineer in the aerospace industry. While working full-time, she will also be attending the University of Colorado in Boulder to pursue a master’s degree in aerospace engineeringspecifically in the field of Bioastronautics that includes the design of payloads, space habitats, and life-support systems for human spaceflight.

Finalist: Sean Findley

Sean is a Mining graduate who enjoys spending time in the great outdoors rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking. Sean also enjoys playing video games and staying in touch with friends all over the world.

During Sean’s time at Mines he has been involved in community housing clean-up projects and supported SME with their “Girls Lead the Way” initiative, working with young Girl Scouts to encourage their interest in STEM. Sean has also mentored freshman, volunteered for E-Days support, and has served as a valuable member of every community he has participated in.

Upon graduation, Sean will be working for Byrnecut in Perth, Australia, learning hands-on what it means to be a mining engineer.

Finalist: Olivia Jackson

Olivia is graduating with a double major in Computer Engineering and Physics Engineering, and in her free time enjoys creative writing, hiking, biking, and outdoor activities—she is also learning sign language.

During her time at Mines, she has been involved in the Society of Women Engineers, Tau Beta PiEngineering Honor Society, Society of Physics Students (SPS), participated in Mines Cheerleading, Board Game Club, Physics Department Research (with a CS focus), and served as a Computer Science TA and Grader. Olivia has volunteered at Discover Mines and Mines Launch Future student events, Out in STEM (OSTEM), Caving Club, the local food bank, diabetes type 1 awareness march, SWE and SPS outreach STEM education events for K-12 students, just to name a few.

Upon graduation Olivia will begin working full time for ICR as a Software Engineer, she plans to peruse an online teaching license in order to volunteer and give back to local communities by increasing accessibility and knowledge of STEM for women, particularly K-12 students who may not have access to proper resources.