Student? Coming to ACE 2013? Here is what you need to know/do.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

If you are a Student or Student YP and are traveling to ACE 2013 in Pittsburgh you may be starting to plan out your meeting. Here are some can’t miss activities you need to take advantage of:

If you haven’t already registered for ACE 2013 do it here

1. IBA Short Course

If you are interested in possibly competing in the IBA program in the future and want a jump start the IBA prep class may be for you. The IBA class will be on Sunday May 19th from 8:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. in room 306/307 of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center

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 2014, please email Mike at 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 45 participants. If you are interested in the IBA program make sure and attend this event.

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.

2. You can sign up to participate in the YP Meet and Greet when registering:

Date: Sunday, 19 May
Time: 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Location: David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Make plans to participate in the annual YP Meet & Greet event. This is a great networking opportunity and serves as a link to connect students and professionals at ACE. The Young Professionals Committee oversees this event, pairing students and young professionals with experienced AAPG attendees to guide newcomers through the convention experience. Participants will have the opportunity to be introduced prior to the Opening Session on Sunday afternoon.

Professionals may be paired with one or more students/young professionals. Experienced attendees will then go to the Opening Session with their group and are encouraged to show the students/young professionals around the Exhibition Hall floor during the Icebreaker Reception, introducing them to other AAPG members and their colleagues.

This program grows in popularity every year with positive reviews from all who participate.

3. IBA Awards Ceremony

Also on Sunday you can attend the IBA Awards Ceremony which will be held at 3:00 p.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom (3rd) floor. Come see the IBA finalist teams and learn the final results. If you are a sponsoring company I would like to encourage you to watch the team presentations on Friday and Saturday (May 17th – 18th) if you need additional information email: .

You’ve read about it, heard stories about and perhaps even seen online videos of the Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) award presentations — but this year you can experience the excitement yourself.

The live announcement of the winning teams for this year’s IBA competition will be open for all to attend and will take place in the Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom, just prior to the Opening Session and Awards Ceremony.

AAPG/AAPG Foundation’s IBA Program is an annual competition in evaluating prospective basins, featuring teams of the top geoscience graduate students in the world — all of whom have qualified for the finals by first winning IBA Region and Section competitions.

The exciting presentation will include an introduction of the IBA program and of all of the teams, plus recognition of the many generous sponsors who make the program possible. It all leads to the grand finale: the announcement of this year’s winners.

Come help us celebrate the accomplishments of these hard-working students, see which teams win scholarship funds for their geosciences departments and applaud the school that leaves Pittsburgh with the title of IBA Champion.

4. Immediately following the IBA Awards the AAPG ACE 2013 Opening Session begins:

Date: Sunday, 19 May
Time: 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom
Fee: Included with registration

This year, you can be part of history! The opening session of this year’s AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition will reflect the history and significance of the Association’s first-ever annual meeting in Pittsburgh and pay tribute to AAPG’s first meeting in the Eastern Section since 1986.

This year’s opening session will be a multi-media celebration that looks back at Pittsburgh’s and the Eastern Section’s role in the history and development of the profession, as well as looking forward in anticipation of the future that will be “Making the Play With Technology.” It’s the perfect way to start your Pittsburgh ACE experience — and it’s a presentation you won’t want to miss.

General Chair Mike Canich will serve as the master of ceremonies and will offer the official welcome to ACE 2013 — as well as a reminder of the city’s and region’s importance to the industry. Yes, you can be sure that the region’s game-changing shale plays will be an important part of the presentation.

He’ll be joined by AAPG President Ted Beaumont, who will deliver a presidential address that speaks to the critical era and enormous potential that both the profession and AAPG are experiencing.

And the highlight of it all will be the annual awards ceremony, featuring AAPG vice president-Regions, Stuart D. Harker, when the best of AAPG will be honored in a fast-moving, colorful and entertaining session.

5. During the exhibition be sure to stop by the Chevron sponsored Student and Faculty Lounge, which will be located in the exhibition hall connected to the AAPG Center.

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 and the newly created Student Chapter Faculty Advisor Sponsorship.

6. AAPG Bookstore and General Store:

Visit the AAPG Bookstore and take advantage of member pricing on books, and digital publications as well as an opportunity to pay your member dues. 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. If you are part of a Student Chapter you should consider working in the General Store:

7. Student Career Seminar

Date: Monday, 20 May
Time: 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Location: Westin Hotel, Butler East/West Room
Fee: $10 –sign up during the registration process
Limit: 64 people –currently still spots remaining (4/3/13)

This workshop is designed to assist students and recent graduates in their employment search endeavors within the petroleum and environmental industries by better understanding the activities of day-to-day life in these industries and also offers specific job search strategies and tips for finding that perfect job. There will be a brief introduction to the table discussion leaders, who are industry managers and technical professionals, followed by a series of 30-minute facilitated roundtables where students are encouraged to ask questions of the discussion leaders. The discussion leaders will rotate amongst the tables, maximizing interaction between industry professionals and students. Students may also choose to sign up for a resume review with an industry recruiter during this workshop. The resume review offers practical guidelines for resume development and interviewing tips.

A sampling of roundtable discussion topics includes: the outlook on current industry staffing needs, recruiting trends, what to expect from industry employment, and how to find a mentor. 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 expos can be found at This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about careers in the industry and meet potential recruiters.

8. AAPG/SEPM Student Reception

Date: Monday, 20 May
Time: 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Location: Westin Hotel, Allegheny Ballrooms II & III

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. An introduction will be given by an ExxonMobil representative 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 to AAPG recipient(s) who have contributed exceptional service to AAPG’s Student Programs. The awards program closes with the presentation of the Schlumberger sponsored Outstanding Student Chapter Awards along with the recognition of the Imperial Barrel Award teams.

9. Convention Volunteers Needed

Students and Young Professionals — sign up to be a volunteer at ACE and earn some cash and other great benefits. Volunteers are needed in the following areas: Judges Room, Opening Session, Oral Sessions, Poster Sessions and Registration.

Here’s what you’ll get: $25 for every four hours worked: attendee amenity, Program Book and CD-ROM of abstracts.

Select the day(s) and time(s) you are available, as well as the location(s) you prefer, when you register online. If you prefer to use the printed registration form select “I want to be a student volunteer” and you will be contacted for your preferences. To receive benefits, volunteers must be either students or employees in the industry who are recent (2011-2012) graduates.

For more information email: Ray Follador, Volunteer Chair ()

10. Career Center

Dates: Monday, 20 May: 8:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 21 May: 8:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 22 May: 8:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

306/307 at the Convention Center

The Career Center in Pittsburgh is an AAPG benefit for both employers and job seekers. The room is conveniently accessible to the public and meeting registration is not required to utilize this service. The AAPG Career Center helps job seekers and employers connect in an environment specifically designed for petroleum geosciences professionals, saving them both time and effort. A full-time attendant will be in the room to answer questions and assist with scheduling interviews, as well as posting resumes and jobs.

Job seekers – bring your resume to post to the Career Center bulletin board at no charge. AAPG members also have the option of posting their resumes online. Employers — post jobs on our bulletin board and contact us to reserve a table to meet with job seekers or share promotional material about your company. Those with paid postings to our online Career Center have access to our online resume database as well. Companies may reserve half-day, full-day or all 3 days, at no cost. Table must be staffed by your company representative; limited space available.

To reserve your space or for more information contact:

Vicki Beighle, AAPG Member Services Manager

11. Post-Convention Field Trip 8

AAPG Student Chapter (AAPG-SC) and Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)

Stratigraphy and Depositional Environments of Middle to Late Devonian Natural Gas Reservoirs in the Central Pennsylvania Appalachian Basin: Marcellus, Burkett and Lockhaven Formations

Note: This one sells out fast folks so don’t be surprised if it is sold out (were still some spots on 4/3/13)

Dates: Wednesday, 22 May, 3:00 p.m.–Friday, 24 May 7:00 p.m. (Departs from and returns to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center)
Leaders: Daniel Kohl (Chevron North America, Moon Township, Pennsylvania), Rudy Slingerland and Courtney Swanson (The Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania), and Bob Clarke (Consultant, Irving, Texas)
Fee: Graduate Students & Faculty Advisors only $50

Includes: Ground transportation, two nights’ lodging based on double occupancy, breakfast Thursday and Friday, lunch Thursday and Friday, dinner Wednesday and Thursday, refreshments, guidebook

Limit: 35 people

This field trip will examine the sedimentology and stratigraphy of world famous Appalachian Basin oil and gas reservoirs. First day of the trip will examine the lower portion of the Middle Devonian Marcellus Formation. These strata were deposited within a third order depositional sequence (~3 my duration), associated with the Mahantango Formation delta complex. We will examine the full spectrum of depositional environments associated with this sequence, from proximal deltaic sandstones, to the distal organic-rich mudstones and shales which are the target of unconventional production in the basin. Second day will examine the overlying Upper Devonian shale and sandstone reservoirs. The Burkett Member is an emerging unconventional shale gas reservoir in the basin, and exhibits many similarities to the underlying Marcellus Formation. The Lock Haven Formation is a conventional sandstone reservoir that has produced more than 55 billion cubic feet of gas in the Council Run Field, just a few miles west of the outcrop exposures.

Each day of this trip will begin by examining cores provided by the Penn State’s Appalachian Basin Black Shale Research Group (ABBSG), followed by a short drive to exposures of these formations in the central Pennsylvania Nittany Anticlinorium. Accommodations will be provided in State College, PA, within walking distance to The Pennsylvania State University.

11. Post-Convention Field Trip #14

A MUST ATTEND Short Course for AAPG YPs and Student Members

SC#14: Unconventional Workforce Assets – Developing New Leaders in the Energy Industry

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Time is limited. Register now.

Whether you’re preparing for your first job or considering your next career move, attend this short course to steer your career in the right direction for maximum payout. Immediately following the short course, enjoy the networking social where career-enhancing discussions and new relationships are waiting just for you.

Sign up NOW for Short Course #14 While Seats are Still Available.

Date: Thursday, 23 May
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Westin Convention Center Hotel, Pittsburgh
Fee: Professionals $150; Students $50 (limited)
Includes: Continental breakfast, lunch, two coffee breaks, networking reception, and slides

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