UT Team Takes AAPG’s IBA Top Prize

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

Graduate students representing the University of Texas at Austin won first place in this year’s AAPG Imperial Barrel Award contest, taking the prize after a “spirited and intense competition.”

The finals, which involved 12 teams from each of AAPG’s 12 Sections and Regions, were held in Houston right before the start of the recent AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition.

AAPG’s IBA program is an annual basin/prospect evaluation competition for geoscience graduate students from universities around the world. The teams compete to win scholarship funds dedicated to graduate student petroleum geoscience education.

By winning, the UT team received a trophy, individual medals and a $20,000 prize for their petroleum geoscience department.

Finishing second (Selley Cup winners) was the team from the University of Southampton, England, representing the European Region, which earned individual medals and $10,000 in scholarship funds for the department.

Finishing third (Stoneley Medal winners) was the team from Sultan Qaboos University, from Muscat, Oman, representing the Middle East Region. They received individual medals and $5,000 for their department.

A report on the IBA will be included in the June EXPLORER.

For additional information and upcoming pictures please visit the IBA homepage.

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