Student Paper Contest

SPE coordinates 10 regional student paper contests at the undergraduate, master's and doctorate level. The students compete against other students from their region for the opportunity to participate in the International Student Paper Contest, held during the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE).

Currently, the 10 regional contests are recognized by the Society: Canadian, Russian, European, Gulf Coast, Rocky Mountain/Mid-Continent/Eastern, Latin American/Caribbean, Western, African, Asian Pacific, and Middle East.

To enter a Regional Contest

You must first submit a paper to the contest in your Region. After the Regional contests, SPE will send the winners of each region to the International Student Paper Contest held at ATCE.

  • You must be SPE member in good standing at the time of application.
  • You must be enrolled as full-time student (according to your University's rules)
  • Check the upcoming contest schedule for a chapter in your region and contact the host chapter.

Prepare for the Contest

Questions?

Contact your Faculty Advisor or Chapter President for additional information. If you are not a member of a student chapter, contact service@spe.org and ask about how you can participate.

Learn About International Paper Contest at ATCE

The SPE International Student Paper Contest takes place during the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. The winners of the 10 regional student paper contests are invited to participate in the international contest by submitting the winning regional paper to be included in the conference proceedings at ATCE. The winners should follow the submission format of the conference and judges will select winners based on the same procedures used in the regional contests.

Traveling to ATCE

We will pay up to USD 3,000 for contest participants to travel to ATCE when you book through the SPE Student Activities office.

The travel allowance includes expenses for transportation, hotel accommodations, and conference registration. Funds will not cover meal expenses and incidentals.

For additional funding, you can also contact:

  • Your student chapter about the SPE travel allowance
  • The petroleum engineering department of your school
  • The sponsoring SPE section of your chapter
  • Your employer

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