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( March 24, 1997)
SDSM& T STUDENT FROM PIERRE RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL COPPER CLUB SCHOLARSHIP
Christopher Misterek, a South Dakota School of Mines and Technology student from Pierre, has been named a 1997- 1998 recipient of the prestigious Copper Club Scholarship. Misterek, a junior at SDSM& T, is a Metallurgical Engineering major. The Copper Club Scholarship is for $ 5000 and is renewable for two years.
Christopher is the son of Dale and Betty Misterek of Pierre and is a 1994 graduate of Riggs High School. His activities at SDSM& T include the Dakota Sun Solar Motion team, the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society; Peer Advisor; and the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.
Misterek was first introduced to mining as a nine- year- old when his class toured the Homestake Mine in Lead, which was the largest gold mine in North America at the time. He chose the field of mining and metallurgy because of his interest in natural resources and how they can be managed. “ As a hunter and a fisherman, I have a great respect for the land and its natural resources,” said Misterek. “ It is this respect that played a part in my decision to pursue a career in metallurgical engineering.”
Misterek said the Copper Club Scholarship will allow him to pursue his post- graduate goals, which include a desire to find better ways of recovering metals from ores and to find a balance between profitable mining and conservation of natural resources.
“ I feel strongly that the United States must continue to be a leader in the production of natural resources as we enter the next century. My goals will help both myself and my company contribute to this country’s continued success,” said Misterek.
Only four Copper Club Scholars are designated each year after an intensely competitive and rigorous selection process. The other winners this year are students at the University of Arizona, University of Missouri- Rolla, and Queens University in Kingston, Ontario.
“ Christopher Misterek’s receipt of this prestigious scholarship is a reflection of his academic achievement and his potential for success as a metallurgical engineer. We are honored to have a SDSM& T student selected as a Copper Club Scholar. This illustrates SDSM& T’s national reputation as an outstanding science and engineering institution and the top- notch quality of education which SDSM& T offers,” said Dr. Jon Kellar, Associate Professor of Metallurgical Engineering and a National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellow.
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