01 April, 2011

Student Member- Must Do's for ACE 2011 in Houston


Dear Students attending the AAPG Annual meeting in Houston:

I am often told by students attending an AAPG Annual meeting that there is just so much stuff going on that they are sure they are missing stuff, so what should they make sure they do not miss...

Dear Students attending the AAPG Annual meeting in Houston:

I am often told by students attending an AAPG Annual meeting that there is just so much stuff going on that they are sure they are missing stuff, so what should they make sure they do not miss. I answer this question in some form or another multiple times during a meeting, and sometimes many of the events have already passed, so I thought I would use this forum to share my thoughts with you before you come to the meeting. Also I am going to alert you to some opportunities that as I write this are still available to you. Oh and if you have not yet registered for ACE 2011 in Houston. Make it happen here. So without further delay.

The Top 10 Student events at the AAPG Annual meeting ACE -2011 in Houston for Students and Young Professionals.

1. AAPG/SEPM Student Chapter Field Trip

Pre-Convention Field Trip 4 AAPG Student Chapter (AAPG-SC/SEPM)
Was Hurricane Ike the Big One? Effects and Aftermath of a Giant Storm

To take a look at the trips offered click here

Date: Saturday, 9 April, 8:00 a.m.– 8:00 p.m.
Leaders: Chris Barker and LaRell Nielson (Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas) and Robert Clarke (Consultant, Irving, Texas)
Fee: Students/Faculty $25
Includes: Transportation, lunch, refreshments, guidebook
Limit: 35 people (students and faculty only)

2. IBA short course/Preparation class.
When: Sunday, April 10th from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Where: George R. Brown Convention Center room 360 A&D.
What: In the course, we will explore concepts, methods, and tools of petroleum geoscience, which we use on a day-to-day basis to make exploration decisions in the energy industry. We will focus on how we make decisions with limited information, identify critical information in light of multiple scenarios, evaluate risk vs. uncertainty, maximize the value we get from integrated teams, etc. To investigate these topics, we will generate play element maps, play summary charts, cross-sections, and play summary maps. The course will combine lecture materials and hands-on exercises, with an emphasis on the exercises. The course will focus on an applied problem in basin exploration. Students will make play maps, evaluate play risk, bid on prospective acreage. Throughout the course we will stress the importance of integration across disciplines and scales, focusing on the interaction and expression of fundamental basin formation, fill, and evolution processes from regional to basin and play to prospect scale. These discussions will include consideration of plate motion, paleogeography, stratigraphy, structural deformation, sedimentology, rock properties, subsurface imaging, burial history, and fluid migration.
How to sign up:

To sign up for this exciting course taught by Bob Stewart of ExxonMobil which prepares students and professors that may like to participate in the IBA competition for 2012, please email Mike at [email protected] in the subject line put “IBA Class” so I can easily find your message. Respond ASAP as there is no cost to attend and space is limited to 60 participants. If you are interested in the IBA program make sure and attend this event.


3. Student /Professional Meet N-Greet:

The AAPG Young Professionals Committee is again sponsoring a Student – Professional Meet-N-Greet on Sunday, April 10 at the Annual Convention in Houtson, TX from 2 p.m. thru the Opening Session and Icebreaker. Please see this page for additional information:


4. Opening Session and Awards Ceremony:

Sunday April 10th from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the George Bush Grand Ballroom at the George R. Brown Convention Center. For those of you participating in the Student/Professional Meet N-Greet you will be attending this with your assigned professional. Don’t miss this brief yet powerful ceremony as the best of AAPG are honored.

5. Student and Faculty Lounge:

During exhibition hours at the exhibition hall connected to the AAPG Center.

Be sure to stop by this lounge area sponsored by Chevron. Complimentary refreshments are provided each day during exhibition hours. The lounge functions as the AAPG Student Headquarters during the meeting offering students and faculty their own place to meet with fellow students, faculty and industry professionals to develop career contacts and lifelong friendships. While you are there be sure to thank Chevron for all of their financial support including the sponsorship of student member dues.

6. AAPG Bookstore and General Store:

Visit the AAPG Bookstore and take advantage of member pricing on books, and digital publications. You can also pay your member dues and pick up your 2011 Annual Abstracts CD-ROM here. While browsing the books be sure to pick up your AAPG apparel and gifts. Sales proceeds of General Store items benefit the AAPG Student Chapters working in the Store.

7. AAPG/SEG Student Expo Committee – Career Workshop:

Monday April 11th from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the Hilton Americas Hotel in room 335C.

Resume review from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

This workshop will consist of a few topics of discussion to assist students and recent graduates in their quest for employment in the petroleum and environmental industries by better understanding the activities of day-to-day life in the energy/environmental industries as well as specific job search strategies and tips for finding that perfect job. This discussion will focus on how to gain employment, the outlook on current staffing needs, recruiting trends, and what companies are looking for in future employees.

From 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. a representative from Kelley Services will be available to answer questions and provide useful and practical guidelines including resumé development and interviewing tips. This workshop is sponsored by the AAPG/SEG Student Expo Committee, which organizes expos and job fairs across the country at various times of the year. Information about these can be found at www.studentexpo.info.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about careers in the industry and meet potential recruiters. Currently there are still seats available, so sign up when you register or add it to your registration. Also some seats open up from no-shows, so if you did not sign up, bring $10 and see if you can get a seat.

8. Career Center:

Monday April 11th 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Tuesday April 12th 8:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m., Wednesday April 13th 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Located in Room 330 A of the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Stop by and connect to employment opportunities. Bring along your resume or job listings (if you are an employer) and the Career Center volunteers will assist you in posting it to the AAPG Career Center website for maximum industry exposure as well as the onsite bulletin boards within the room.

9. AAPG/SEPM Student Reception:

Monday April 11th from 5:30 p.m. -8:00 p.m. at the Hilton Americas Hotel -Ballroom of the Americas A/B (Level 2).

Make sure you don’t miss this one!

All students and faculty attending the convention are invited to the AAPG/SEPM Student Reception.

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments while mingling with your peers. A talk given by an ExxonMobil representative is scheduled before the top three poster authors from the Shell-sponsored “Selected Academic Research Topics: Student Presentations” receive awards. The Jim Hartman Service to Students Award will be conveyed upon an AAPG member who has contributed exceptional service to AAPG’s Student Programs. The awards program will close with the presentation of the Schlumberger-sponsored Outstanding Student Chapter Awards along with the Imperial Barrel Award prizes. Be sure to visit and network with all of the VIP’s and give a personal thank you to all of the company representatives that sponsor and make many of AAPG’s student programs possible.


10. Additional Opportunities, classes, field trips.

These 9 events listed above are by no means all of the great events, programs or opportunities to take advantage of while in Houston but this list should give you a good head start.

To learn of more of the Student Activities planned for Houston check out :


If you have questions, comments or want to sign up for the IBA prep course be sure to email me.