PiensaCobre Contest invites university students to innovate in Mining

PiensaCobre Contest invites university students to innovate in Mining
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The Center for Mathematical Modeling of the University of Chile (CMM) and Codelco launched PiensaCobre Contest, a competition of disruptive theses for mining, aimed at undergraduate and graduate students. They must put all their skills and creativity at the service of Chile’s largest productive sector. The competition seeks to encourage students to focus on mining and related areas, with new, innovative, and impacting solutions for the challenges of the sector.

“We have seen in the first two versions of the competition a great interest and very good thesis projects. The challenge now is to open the competition to other fields of knowledge, not only those directly related to Mining, but also those areas that enable mining activity. This competition aims to generate a critical mass of professionals that will allow us, through innovation, to continue and expand our leadership in copper mining,” said Codelco’s Chief Innovative Officer Sergio Parada.

In the third version of this competition, students from universities accredited by the CNA for at least four years are invited.

“We invite young people to put their energy and creativity into the problems and opportunities related to the future of Mining. Chileans must take on the challenges and opportunities that we have as a country today. No one can do that for us. And as universities, we must become part of this development by generating knowledge that adds value to the mining sector,” says CMM Director Alejandro Maass.


PhD, Master and undergraduate students can apply through www.piensacobre.cl until December 15, 2018. The winners will be announced on 18 January 2018 on the platform.

The contest will award by financing costs of the academic program, maintenance, and other expenses incurred by the beneficiaries. In total, up to three assignments will be awarded for future PhDs, five for master candidates, and five for undergraduate thesis students.

A committee made up of Codelco directors and independent specialists will award the theses, considering their degree of innovation, their objectives of study, the academic trajectory of the applicants, and the academic quality of the academic program.

Posted on Nov 9, 2017 in Frontpage, News