There are several programs and services available to AAPG membership. They are designed to either advance members' careers through education and training; foster scientific research, promote technology and inspire high professional conduct; or to provide benefits to the individual member.

Distinguished Lecture Series

The Distinguished Lecture Program is a joint program between AAPG and the AAPG Foundation and was developed to offer outstanding speakers on current research and applicable geology. Anyone can attend the lectures, which are hosted by AAPG affiliated geological societies or university departments. 

Hedberg Research Conferences

From time to time the AAPG Research Committee selects a topic for critical examination. They will invite scientists from various disciplines (geology, geophysics, reservoir engineering, etc.) to discuss state-of-the-art concepts, methodologies, case histories, and future directions relating to this subject. The conference are held in informal settings with a maximum of 80-100 attendees. 

Certification Program

Through the AAPG's Division of Professional Affairs, members of the Association may obtain certification as petroleum geologists, coal geologists and petroleum geophysicists. The DPA also works with other professional organizations or state boards for registration.

Student Programs
Imperial Barrel Award

AAPG's Imperial Barrel Award Program (IBA) is an annual prospective basin evaluation competition for geoscience graduate students from universities around the world. University teams compete to win scholarship funds for their geoscience department and the international recognition that comes from competing or winning in the competition. The program is rigorous and contributes to AAPG's mission of promoting petroleum geoscience training and advancing the careers of geoscience students.

Visiting Geoscientists Program

The AAPG Foundation Visiting Geoscientist Program (VGP) has provided campus visits by active and experienced geoscientists for over 30 years. The program is going strong today; professional geoscientists are sharing their experiences and career insights with students throughout the US, Canada, and more than 30 other countries worldwide.

Grants-in-Aid Program

The AAPG Foundation’s Grants-in-Aid program promotes research in the geosciences. Grants are made to provide financial assistance to graduate students (currently enrolled in Masters or Ph.D. programs) whose thesis research has application to the search for and development of petroleum and energy-mineral resources and/or to related environmental geology issues.

Student Chapter Program

The Student Chapter Program of AAPG is made up of collegiate groups of geoscience students and one of the world's foremost co-educational programs within the geoscience sector with over 245 chapters. It provides students the opportunity to develop leadership skills and serves as a focal point for developing a feeling of professionalism through meeting industry representatives.

Education Conferences

These conferences are offered in the winter, summer and the fall for five great days of Geoscience training and include some of the best courses AAPG has to offer. Mix and match the courses to optimize your learning experience. 

Field Seminars

Getting out in the field and being able to touch, see and feel the objects of your training makes for the best possible experience. Our seminars are designed to maximize your time and travel with a combination of field work, lecture and class work.

Geosciences Technology Workshops

Join us for in-depth presentations and discussions on the latest technologies bringing together geology, geophysics, engineering, petrophysics, geochemistry and more. Solve current problems, share new discoveries, explore groundbreaking new techniques. Networking, sharing, discussing: Face-to-face event, followed by online access to articles, presentations, more.


This is a new teaching environment for AAPG. The Forum goal is to maximize knowledge transfer by encouraging lively interaction and thoughtful consideration of experts' findings, experience, and insights. Practicing experts provide in-depth presentations on topics that have immediate bearing on success in exploration, development, and operations.

Car Rental

AAPG Members can received up to 25% off vehicle rentals through either AVIS or Budget. Go to your Profile (top right) and click on the company of your choice to access your discounted rate.

Learn about GeoCare insurance

Whether you're looking for medical and life insurance or liability insurance protection, the GeoCare Benefits Group Insurance Program is uniquely qualified to offer you and your family a broad range of stable, reliable insurance plans, all offering exceptional value at affordable group rates.

Credit Union
Learn about the credit union benefits.

You and your family are eligible for membership with Oklahoma Central Credit Union. This full service credit union offers online banking, a full menu of lending and savings options as well as direct deposit, payroll deductions and free checking. Call 1 (800) 444-OCCU or 1 (918) 664-6000 to talk to a Member Service Representative.

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