Ninety-one geoscience students from 29 universities
took advantage of AAPG's first Spring Student Expo to meet with
industry representatives, showcase their work and to explore the
possibilities of intern and full-time employment.
The Expo was held over spring break weekend at the
University of Oklahoma, hosted by the OU School of Geology and Geophysics,
the Sarkeys Energy Center and the Oklahoma Geological Survey.
Thirty-two student posters were presented, with those
judged as the top three winning cash prizes.
"The quality of the posters spoke volumes about the
high caliber of the students who made the trek from as far away
as North Carolina and Oregon," said AAPG Secretary Charles "Chuck"
Poster awards went to John Layman and Wayne Ahr,
of Texas A&M, first place; Carrie Maher, of the University of
Alabama, second place; and Galen Miller and Kevin Smart, of OU,
for third place.
Steve Tavernier, of the University of Tennessee,
told AAPG Student Affairs coordinator Kerri Donathan how the Expo
"was a great opportunity for good students from less-recruited universities
to get exposed to industry representatives."
Donna Willette, of Colorado School of Mines said
"the chance to meet and discuss research projects with students
from around the region was an outstanding opportunity."
Meeting with the students were representatives from
nine companies with 22 industry guests.
Expo organizer Roger Slatt, who's also head of the
OU School of Geology and Geophysics, said he was "thrilled" with
the student attendance. He did comment, however, that "although
the student attendance was great, company attendance could have
been much better. Sixty invitations were sent and nine companies
"Thus, because of the ratio of students to companies,
many students who traveled long distances were only able to interview
a few companies," he continued. "Companies who are continually stating
that they are concerned about insufficient numbers of potential
new hires into the industry, or those who want to make a amore lasting
presence on campus, missed a great opportunity."
The Spring Expo was a follow-up to the fall Expo
held at Rice University which drew 140 students.