The Best Student Oral Presentation Award is given each year at the Annual Convention of the Association in recognition of the best student paper presented at the previous years’ annual convention.

 

2014

Miles Frazer

Mohammed Ahmed Al Duhailan

Tricia G. Alvarez

Patrick Ryan Boyle

2013

Stephen Holtkamp

Michael Zeller

Courtney Anita Kolesar

Robert Jeffrey Heller

2012

Kelly Nicole Hillbun

Magdalena Rose Osburn

Eugene Szymanski

Gavin Henry Graham

2011

Anjali Mary Fernandes

Danica Dralus

Xavier Eduardo Refunjol

Justin Dedric MacDonald

2010

Lisa Elizabeth Stright

Supratik Sarkar

Thomas Paul Ward

Olav Antonio Blaich

2009

Beatriz Garcia-Fresca

Ilja De Winter

Trevor M. Stroker

2008

Andrew L. Petter

Enzo Sener Aconcha

2007

Ned Frost, III

Ted Eric Playton

Elizabeth Ann Hajek

2006

Simon Higgins

Markus Mohr

2005

Anna-Jayne Zachariah

Stephanie Germaine Thomas

Nicolas John Huerta

2004

David Richard Pyles

Jonathan Patrick Allen

Leonel Augusto Gomez

Luz Sophia Cobos

2003

Bryn E. Clark

David M. Dutton

Jonathan L. Payne

2002

Victor Alexandru Pusca

Tiffany Lynn Hopkins

Michael Raphael Bruemmer

Min Xu

2000

Shannon Cheree Stover

Russell Spears

Roger Neal Wagerle

1999

Victor Owen

Mark E. Deptuck

Denise Nora Hodder

Tobias Payenberg

1998

Aileen Elizabeth McLeod

1997

Bradley David Ritts

Todd J. Greene

1996

Derek Sjostrom

1991

Andrew J. Davidoff

Patrick James O'Connell

Lawrence Hinde

1990

Kurt Grimm

David W. Valasek

Don Albert Edwards

1989

William Edward Hardie

Nancy Hardi

Matthew J. Pranter

1988

David Nathaniel Witter

Sally Abercrombie

Kimberly Sue Homan

1987

Mark A. Chandler

Chris A. Barker

Hilary Clement Olson

1986

John Beck

Michael Carden

Mark G. Kittridge

1985

Milton A. Surles, Jr.

Stacy C. Atchley

Reese B. Pinney

1984

DeAnna L. Palladino

David Lee Brimberry

Darrell Moore

1983

Michael Grammer

Bernal Vincent Reneer

Martin L. Shields

George Allen

Thomas P. Ehrhart

Timothy Michael Collins

1982

David Lee Brimberry

David B. Crass

Edwin Leslie Trice, III

John P. Varndell

Christopher G. Avenius

1981

Timothy Holdeman

Edwin F. Jacobsen

Jeanne Travisono

Douglas Gregg Neese

Jon Frederic Blickwede

Stanley A. Orrell

1980

Diane M. Simpson

Sandra Phillips

Evelyn Crossbard

Timothy J. Drexler

Gary G. Umbehagen

Robert Charles Shoup

Restrictions

The recipient of the Award is not required to be an AAPG Member, or a member of a Student Chapter. However, the work presented must have been done while the presenter was/is a student.

Guidelines for Consideration of Candidates

The best student oral presentation falls under the responsibility of the Matson Award Committee Chairman, who is appointed by the Convention General Chairman. The Matson Award Committee Chairman chooses a group of judges who select the winning student oral paper according to the quality of scientific content and excellence of presentation. These results are compiled by the Student Chapter Committee, and the award is presented by the Committee to the Student recipient.

Procedure

The Committee’s decision is conveyed to the Student Chapter Committee following the AAPG annual convention.

Description of Award

The Best Student Paper Award is strictly a cash award, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners receiving $1,500, $1000, and $500 respectively, and their universities receiving a matching award. No plaques or certificates are awarded. Ten of the accepted presenters are selected to also receive $250 travel stipends. All student presenters receive a $25 Bookstore Gift Certificate.

History

These awards are funded each year through an annual contribution from Shell to the AAPG Foundation. In 2006 Shell increased the total amount of award funds, which now allows for ten $250 travel stipends to be awarded in addition to the prize monies.

Funding

Funding is not permanent for both awards and is currently received through an annual sponsorship provided by Shell. Funding is not provided by the AAPG Foundation.