Undergraduate Research Scholars Student Organization (URSSO)

Mines Undergraduate Research Scholars Student Organization (URSSO) seeks to ignite undergraduate students’ curiosity through unique undergraduate research experiences, campus-wide research opportunities, and a committed social network of peers. URSSO frequently coordinates with the office of Undergraduate Research Scholars and other offices on campus and organizations off campus. Meetings and events are advertised through the URSSO Engage page and the Mines campus calendar. If you have questions, email us at ugresearch@mines.edu.

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Meet Our Team

Erik Villar, President
Department: Petroleum Engineering and Applied Mathematics and Statistics

Erik is a transfer student in his junior year of studying Petroleum Engineering and Data Science. He is pursuing these fields because of their importance in our daily lives and the role oil and gas can play in improving a community’s quality of life. He is currently learning more about the life cycle of unconventionals in the United States. He has two years research experience with through the Mines Undergraduate Research Fellowship (MURF) program and another year with other research programs, including the Payne Scholars. Whether he is in a lab or not, Erik has always enjoyed being part of a team. Previously, he worked as a firefighter and technical lead in the Mine’s chapter of Engineers without Borders Uganda Project.

Elena Ramirez, Interim Website & Social Media Editor
Department: Electrical Engineering


Alex Hinds, Interim Treasurer
Department: Mechanical Engineering


Department: Undergraduate Research Scholars, University Honors and Scholars Programs