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Two Mining Students Win National Scholarships

SOCORRO, N.M. January 23, 2015 – Two New Mexico Tech students in the Mineral Engineering Department won competitive scholarships from the SME: The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.

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  Matthew Aboagye accepts his SME Scholarship award from Dr. Navid Mojtabai.
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  Andrew Gabrysiak accepts his SME Scholarship award from Dr. Navid Mojtabai.

Graduate student Matthew Aboagye won the Steven C. Potter Scholarship for $3,000. Undergrad student Andrew Gabrysiak won the J.F. Fletcher and Co. Scholarship for $2,000.

Aboagye earned his Geological Engineering bachelor’s in his native Ghana before coming to New Mexico Tech. He has completed an internship at the Marigold Mine in Nevada, which is operated by Silver Standard Co. Now in his second year of studies at Tech, Aboagye is doing research on a gold deposit in Ghana with his research advisor Dr. Navid Mojtabai.  He is also a member of the SME and on campus student chapter of the SME.

“Matthew is a stand-out student,” Mojtabai said. “He is very deserving of this scholarship.”

Gabrysiak is a junior and expects to graduate in December 2016. A native of Middleton, Wisc., he originally came to Albuquerque do to volunteer work after high school and decided to stay in the Southwest to pursue a degree in Mineral Engineering with Emphasis in Explosive Engineering at New Mexico Tech.

He is currently a student intern at EMRTC on campus. He is interested in working in the underground mining of metals or coal. He is currently the president of the Cooney Mining Club, which is the student chapter of the SME, and president of the student chapter of the International Society of Explosives Engineers.

“Andrew is one of our exception undergrads in the department,” Mojtabai said. “I’m very pleased that he won this award.”

The two students submitted two letters of recommendation, an essay about their career ambitions in mining and transcripts.

Mojtabai said the SME scholarships are very competitive and only the top students in the nation garner the awards.

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By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech