Payne Scholars

World-class insights helping to inform and shape public
policy on earth resources, energy, and the environment


The Payne Scholars program gives students the opportunity to perform research, collaborate across campus and engage with a broad network of international experts on global policy challenges. Students apply to the Payne Scholars program in the fall semester. As part of a one-credit course, Payne Scholars participate in The Payne Institute activities, write a paper for The Payne Institute Commentary series and develop a research proposal on a related policy topic during the spring semester. At the end of the semester, selected students are eligible for a paid Payne Scholars summer internship. Working with experts, interns will elaborate on their chosen policy paper, and draft a detailed article for publication in a relevant research journal.



Rare earth and critical materials; Natural resources trade; Supply chains and security; Resource governance


Power sector planning and markets; Energy transitions; Transportation, industry, and climate policy; Geopolitics, security, and conflict


Oil and natural gas regulation; Methane and air pollution; Energy-water nexus; Environmental policy and subsidy reform


Lectures, seminars, round-tables, and public engagement

Payne Institute commentary series

Multi-disciplinary collaboration across the Colorado School of Mines campus

Visiting scholars and research scholars

Partnerships with world-class organizations

Payne Scholars

Kehinde Abiodun

PhD candidate, Economics assistant teacher

Lucas Santana Furtado Soares 

Masters Candidate, Mineral and Energy Economics

Jusse Hirwa

PhD Candidate, Mineral and Energy Economics

Chase McLean

BS Economics

Usman Umar Mohammed

Masters Candidate, Mineral and Energy Economics

Sayeh Shojaeinia 

Masters Candidate, Mineral and Energy Economics

Maria Urdaneta

Masters Candidate, Mineral and Energy Economics