Since 1997, the Berkeley Pit Public Education Committee has given awards at annual Montana Tech Science & Engineering Fairs to students with projects that explore topics related to the Berkeley Pit.
At the 2013 fair, five students received awards for Pit-related projects. Brian McGeehan from Butte Central received an award for his project, How Can We Clean Up the Berkeley Pit Water? Jacob Wheeling of Townsend was recognized for his project, To Drink or Not to Drink. Jordan Russell from Whittier Elementary in Butte was given an award for asking Could We Use Berkeley Pit Water to Irrigate Our Lawns? and Kellen Lean from Hillcrest Elementary in Butte was recognized for Contents of H2O.
At the high school level, Chelsea Anderson from Big Sky High School in Missoula earned the Berkeley award with her project, The Feasibility of Purifying Water in Ethiopia Using Low Cost and Easily Accessible Materials.