Articles by Katrina San Nicolas

Katrina San Nicolas

While I love math and science, writing for the newspaper gives my life balance and allows me to meet lots of great new people. I am a Chemical Engineering major and I am also involved in Alpha Phi Omega (APO) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). When I am free from my studies, I enjoy traveling with my family, jogging, and baking. If you have an article idea or know of an event or person on campus that should be featured, let me know!


Engineering Culture Contributes to Lack of Diversity

That vague, mysterious phrase—“diversity in STEM fields”—has swept across the academic community like wildfire in recent years. It is a major part of the “Mines 2014-2024 Strategic plan”. This plan outlines the programs and research opportunities designed for underrepresented groups, and the conversations that abound from the enrollment statistics released each year. “Having different ideas…

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Humanitarian Engineering Major Proposal

As Mines continues to lead in engineering education, faculty members are working to provide new opportunities for students through a proposed Humanitarian Engineering (HE) major. “Many people think that the time has come to have the first major—a full fledged bachelor’s degree with 128 credits or so—in Humanitarian Engineering,” explained Dr. Juan Lucena, Director of…

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Invictus Initiative Plans Trip to Kenya, Aims to Raise College Admission Rates

Mines graduates not only lead in STEM fields, but often use their ideas and passions to help communities in need. David Pesek, a 2007 CSM graduate, partnered with Mike Kmita to found the Invictus Initiative in 2008. Dedicated to helping communities around the world develop sustainable solutions, this nonprofit organization continues to challenge students to…


Stress at Mines: A look into the mental health of the Mines community and what to do about it

With School of Mines’ challenging exams, stiff competition for jobs and internships, and all-encompassing projects, most students would agree that it is often a stressful environment to be a part of. However, a recent and unintentional finding about raised levels of antidepressants in the wastewater coming from Mines Park evokes further concern about campus stress…

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McBride Ethics Team Takes First

While Mines students may possess superior mathematical and scientific reasoning skills, the members of the McBride “McEthics” team also specialize in philosophical discussion and public speaking. Mines played host for the Rocky Mountain Regional Ethics Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 14th. Two Mines teams of five students each competed, and the McBride “McEthics” team won first…

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Humans of Mines

From the quiet student in the back of class, to the faculty member researching a passion, each member of the Mines campus has a unique story to tell. Deirdre Keating, Information Specialist for the College of Engineering and Computational Sciences, recently set out with a camera and an idea to share them all. Inspired by…

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