Upcoming Student Paper Contests

If a contest or a division is not held in your assigned region, you can request to present your paper in an assigned alternate region. Every region has only one alternate region. To make an alternate region paper request, or if the alternate region is not holding a contest, please contact spc@spe.org.

Find your chapter to see which region you can apply for or view our Student Paper Contest Region Map.
Regional Contests
SPC Region Date Contest Information


16 March 2018


Undergraduate: Hajara Kabeer Abdulfatah, Nile University of Nigeria

Asia Pacific
(Includes Northern Asia Pacific countries, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Australia)

23 - 25 October 2018

2018 Winners

Undergraduate: Reem Alsadoun, University of New South Wales
Masters: Mohammed Kurdi, University of New South Wales
PhD: Mei Li, Southwest Petroleum Technology
2019 Event Details

2019 Contest

Venue: SPE Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition 
Deadline: 6 July 2018
Abstract: Max 425 words
Contact: rspcap@spe.org


24 March 2018


Masters: María Alejandra Plata Sánchez, University of Calgary

Eastern North America

22 February 2018


Undergraduate: Brennan Flores, Louisiana State University
Masters: Evan Galimberti, Pennsylvania State University
PhD: Renato Peixoto Coutinho, Louisiana State University


12 April 2018


Undergraduate: Yasir Yousuf Thara, Middle East Technical University - Northern Cyprus
Masters: Pierre Hacquard, IFP School
PhD: Alsu Valiakhmetova, Heriot-Watt University

Gulf Coast North America

31 March 2018


Undergraduate: Miranda Jones, Texas A&M University
Masters: Tian Liu, Texas A&M University
PhD: Sheng Luo, Texas A&M University

Middle East

23 - 26 April 2018 


Undergraduate:  Mohamed Elshawaf, Suez University
Masters:  Jamiu Adegbite, Khalifa University of Science and Technology
PhD: Maissa Souayeh, Sultan Qaboos University

Mid-Continent North America

15 April 2018


Undergraduate:  Nazirah Mohd Janjang, University of Kansas
PhD: Chinedum Peter  Ezeakacha, University of Oklahoma

Rocky Mountain North America

19 April 2018


Masters:  Mohammed Al-Ghnemi, Colorado School of Mines
PhD: Vahideh Mirchi, University of Wyoming

Russia and Caspian

16 - 17 October 2018

2018 Winners
Undergraduate: Tagir Nafikov, Almetyevsk State Oil Institute
Masters: Dmitry Vladimirov, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
PhD: Yan Nevmerzhitskiy, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

2019 Contest Information 
Venue: Russian Petroleum Technology Conference, Holiday Inn Sokolniki, Moscow, Russia
Deadline: 15 June 2018
Abstract: Max 425 words
Contact: spemos@spe.org

South America and Caribbean
(All South America and Caribbean Regions)

25 June 2018


Undergraduate:  Daniel Montes Pinzón, Universidad Nacional De Colombia
Masters: Lady Giraldo  Pedroza, Universidad Nacional De Colombia

South Asia
(Includes India, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh)

1 - 3 June 2018


Undergraduate:  Aashish Panwar, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies
PhD: Soumitra Bhaskar Nande, Maharashtra Institute of Technology

Southwestern North America

22 February 2018


Undergraduate: Jack Trueblood, The University of Texas at Austin
Masters: Jenny Ryu, The University of Texas at Austin
PhD: Mahmood Shakiba, The University of Texas at Austin

Western North America

23 April 2018


Undergraduate:  Daniel Linderman, University of Southern California
Masters: Jason Hu, Stanford University
PhD:  Wei Ma, University of Southern California