Apply to Graduate School at Mines

The Colorado School of Mines (Mines) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are anticipating significant expansion of joint research/educational activities. We are accepting applications for all graduate school programs. The focus on sustainability, the energy transition, and the future of the earth and environment provides unique opportunities in leading-edge graduate research through the collaborative, interdisciplinary programs available at Mines.

The Mines/NREL Relationship and access to National Labs

Mines and NREL are located ~2 miles apart in Golden, Colorado and have a large number of graduate students that are co-advised by Mines faculty and NREL scientists and engineers who get to work on high-profile research projects using state-of-the-art facilities. Mines and NREL have also formed the Mines/NREL Nexus Initiative which encompasses shared facilities, joint appointments, joint projects, shared interdisciplinary educational programs in addition to the co-advised students. Mines is known globally for the signature student experience provided at the University, and for the quality and value of Mines research and scholarship.


Students working within the Mines/NREL Nexus also have access to the large number of other national laboratories in the Front Range including the US Geological Survey (USGS) (on-campus) and the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) (~18 miles) that also have extensive interactions with Mines. The Mines/NREL Nexus Initiative, for example, with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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One of the best places to live in America

Golden is located along Clear Creek at the base of the Rocky Mountains and is widely considered one of the best places to live in America for quality of life, including its numerous outdoor and cultural offerings. Additionally, Golden is very accessible to Denver (~15 miles), Red Rocks Amphitheater (~5 miles), Rocky Mountain National Park (~1.2 hr. drive) and numerous world-class ski and outdoor sports areas (Winter Park – 1.2 hr., Copper Mountain 1 hr., Vail 1.3 hr., and Breckenridge 1.2 hr.).

Just the beginning

Do you have the desire, passion and commitment to work on the world’s big challenges? Start your grad school application process today! Go to Mines’ Grad Programs page to get started.

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