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Chemical & Biological Engineering

Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) is now the second largest department at Mines, with nearly 170 seniors and approximately 700 students overall. We have a strong tradition of teaching with hands-on and interactive learning experiences. For example, studio biology, field session, and labs are integrated into many core courses. Some of our recent lab experiences include a coffee lab, essential oils extraction, making biodiesel, brewing beer, dialysis and silicon processing.

Gifts from donors on #idigmines Giving Day will be used to provide the materials and supplies necessary for expanding opportunities for CBE students through the following hands-on learning experiences and extracurricular academic activities:

  • undergraduate research

  • AIChE car competition

  • International Genetically Engineered Machine (IGEM) competition

  • Mines Entrepreneurship and Innovation program

With extra funding from the challenge and bonus gifts, we could potentially purchase an all-in-one brewing system for our brewing science and bioprocessing courses, which costs around $1,500. Additionally, bonus funds will be applied to a new field session experiment, which can cost anywhere from $10-50,000.

Your support at any level will make a lasting impact on our students:

  • $10 buys two pairs of safety glasses, a set of plastic pipettes, or M&M’s or strawberries for a genetics experiment in Studio Bio

  • $40 would provide one student a printout of a poster to present on their research at a conference

  • $50 can help supply coffee beans for the new coffee lab

  • $100 would purchase a control valve or a level controller for a Process Dynamics and Controls lab

  • Four gifts of $250 can buy an additional dual-monitor workstation for an expanded computer lab

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About #idigmines Giving Day

Do you dig Chemical & Biological Engineering? #idigmines Giving Day is one day to show your Mines love for the campus causes you dig the most. Thanks to the generosity of the Family Fund Chairs, James Kastenholz and Jennifer Steans, $35,000 is up for grabs!

$30,000 Bonus

Each of the 31 featured causes are vying for a piece of $30,000. Learn more on our BONUS page.

Additional Bonuses

There are three other ways your favorite cause can earn up to $5,000. Learn more on our BONUS page.