Restrictions and Guidelines
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.
The Best Student Oral Presentation falls under the responsibility of the Matson Award Committee chair, who is appointed by the convention general chair. The Matson Award Committee chair chooses a group of judges who select the winning student oral papers according to the quality of scientific content and excellence of presentation. These results are compiled after the annual convention and the recipients are notified by letter from the Association president. Winners will be announced at next year's ACE during the opening ceremony.
Description of Award
The Best Student Paper Award is strictly a cash award – with first, second, third and fourth place winners receiving $2,000, $1,500, $1,000, and $500 respectively. All accepted presenters will receive a $200 travel stipend. No plaques or certificates are awarded.
These awards are funded each year through an annual contribution from Shell with funding subject to change.