The ConocoPhillips Center for a Sustainable WE2ST at Colorado School of Mines was formulated to promote the joint sustainability of unconventional energy production and water resources through education of energy-water literate graduate and undergraduate students, and by conducting world-class research on both community acceptance of unconventional resource development, and water resources related to unconventional energy production. The ConocoPhillips Center for a Sustainable WE2ST at Colorado School of Mines will be the nation’s “go-to” institution for research, education and outreach associated with the joint sustainability of water resources and energy production in arid lands.


WE2ST Undergrad Wins Len Assante Scholarship

WE2ST undergrad, Aspen Anderson, was awarded the NGWA  Len Assante Scholarship for those studying groundwater related fields!

An independent panel decides how to distribute the funds and the number of scholarships to be awarded from the pool of scholarship applicants. Scholarship recipients can receive up to $5000 to defray the costs of their education.


WE2ST Student - Karl Oetjen was quoted in an article about his research in The Tribune! See the article below.

Energy Pipeline: Mines study shows testing methods necessary to study reuse of drilling wastewater –  Article

Check out our website for the NSF RET program, WE2NG  ,  a summer program for Colorado STEM Teachers. WE2NG is an NSF funded RET program where K-12 teachers attend a full-time (40 hours/week) paid, six-week summer program at CSM engaging in research under the direction of faculty and graduate student mentors. The program includes an initial orientation session followed by an integrated research, learning, and curriculum format. Each week include components of individual research time, on-going workshops (e.g., communicating science, nanotechnology), collaborative research meetings, connections with industry (e.g., speakers and field trips), and integrated curriculum development workshops. Participants are also provided classroom support throughout the academic year.