Current Students

Each year MEP offers a variety of activities and programs for Mines students. We evaluate our programs on an annual basis with the desire to create the best environment possible for the success of our students.

Events & Professional Development

MEP and our professional societies host a variety of events, activities, and workshops for Mines students throughout the academic year.  

Challenge Program

ChallengeChallenge is an intensive and exciting four-week summer transitional program that prepares incoming freshman for the academic rigors of Colorado School of Mines. Selected participants include those that are historically under-represented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education, including ethnic and racial minorities, women, and first-generation students. The program is designed to give students a head start toward a successful college experience, and the opportunity to begin building community with other students, faculty, and staff.

Students engage in daily classes, workshops, and activities during the four-week period. They take Mathematics 100 (Pre-Calculus) and Chemistry 111 (Intro to Chemistry), as well as weekly User Centered Design workshops, and Center for Academic Services and Advising (CASA) workshops. These courses and workshops will introduce students to a variety of campus resources, the science of learning, test preparation, stress management, time management, financial aid services, career planning, and other tools to aid in their success at Mines.

Challenge students also participate in team-building activities, and a community outreach project designed to help build camaraderie and social awareness. Challenge students must successfully complete all the program requirements to be fully admitted and matriculate to the fall semester. Generously funded by our corporate partners, all costs for the four-week Challenge Program are covered for students, including room and board, textbooks, class materials, and transportation to off-campus activities.


College View Middle School Tutoring

Summet ProgramMEP sponsors paid tutoring opportunities at CollegeView Middle School in Denver. This after-school tutoring program is looking for Mines students to provide tutoring in Mathematics (algebra/geometry). For this work, you need to be available from approximately 2:45pm to 3:45pm on at least one day per week (Monday, Tuesday or Thursday), and plan to arrive at the school at least 10 min prior to the start time. Pay is $50-$60 per tutoring session. Prior to tutoring, the middle school teacher and tutoring coordinator will spend time with you to share details on what the students are working on and answer any questions you may have. If interested, please email Samuel Araujo (


Rocky Mountain MESA

Summet ProgramRocky Mountain MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) is a statewide/regional organization for traditionally underserved and underrepresented K-14 students. Mines students serve as volunteer mentors who engage K-14 students in hands-on activities, collecting and analyzing data, sharing experiences in pursuing a STEM major, and exploring STEM majors. MESA students also have the opportunity to participate in a nationwide competition.

To find out more about MESA, and get involved, click here.

Colorado-Wyoming Alliance for Minority Participation

The Multicultural Engineering Program at Colorado School of Mines provides support to students through the CO-WY AMP grant by:

  • Funding undergraduate students to participate on research projects with graduate students and/or faculty.
  • Funding undergraduate students to participate on research projects with NREL scientists.

The Colorado-Wyoming Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CO-WY AMP) is an innovative consortium of fourteen community colleges and four-year institutions, and four Native American tribes in Colorado and the Four Corners region. The Alliance’s mission is to double the number of historically and currently under-represented American Indian, African American, Hispanic and Pacific Islander students earning bachelor’s degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM). CO-WY AMP is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, with Colorado State University as its headquarters.

Other goals of CO-WY AMP include increasing the quality of education for these students and building the infrastructure for programs and activities that link public and private resources through structured funding and program development strategies. This program is not racially or gender exclusive.

For more information about the CO-WY AMP grant at Mines, please contact

Linda Figueroa
Site Coordinator
Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Mining Engineering