From its beginning in 2007, industry leaders recognized the value of the AAPG Imperial Barrel Award Program and generously supported its intent with their financial sponsorship.
Now in its third year, industry sponsorships of IBA support a program that this year expanded to include students from 88 universities worldwide.
IBA’s educational and career development features come from the data analysis and prospect presentation exercise, in the form of feedback from industry judges and networking with potential future employers. The program simulates a real-world industry-working environment (i.e. limited data, short study period and an even shorter presentation time).
This year corporate leaders are supporting and helping to increase the program value with more than their money:
By the time IBA finals occur, 435 students from 87 universities in 23 countries will be exceedingly more marketable to potential employers. And when professors use IBA as a lab exercise, semester capstone project, or demonstration project of and entire course, the range of IBA impact grows exponentially.
The 2009 IBA Committee, chaired by Connie Mongold, wishes to express “sincere thanks to the IBA Section and Region coordinators, judges, sponsors, faculty advisors and of course students for your commitment to the energy industry and growing its future work force.”
A complete listing of IBA sponsors worldwide will be published in the July EXPLORER.
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