Events Aimed at Young Geologists

Seminars, Field Trip, Reception

Are you a student who’s anxious to have a good start in your petroleum career?

A recent hire who’s anxious to step to the next level?

A corporate recruiter who wants some insight into today’s young geologists?

If so, a seminar set for the AAPG Annual Convention should be among your top priorities of things to do in Long Beach, Calif.

“The 21st Century Geoscientist: Developing Interest and Skills for the Next Generation of Geoscientists,” is a student/new hire development seminar that will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 1, at the Long Beach Convention Center.

It’s one of several activities for students that are planned for the annual meeting.

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Are you a student who’s anxious to have a good start in your petroleum career?

A recent hire who’s anxious to step to the next level?

A corporate recruiter who wants some insight into today’s young geologists?

If so, a seminar set for the AAPG Annual Convention should be among your top priorities of things to do in Long Beach, Calif.

“The 21st Century Geoscientist: Developing Interest and Skills for the Next Generation of Geoscientists,” is a student/new hire development seminar that will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 1, at the Long Beach Convention Center.

It’s one of several activities for students that are planned for the annual meeting.

This seminar is open to all experience levels -- undergraduate and graduate students, recent new hire professionals, experienced professionals and corporate representatives looking to better understand recruitment, early skill building and discussion of the issues faced by today’s petroleum industry.

In the next 10-15 years over 70 percent of the petroleum industry’s geoscientists are expected to retire; this seminar will focus on the key strategies that academia and the petroleum industry need to take to ensure the replenishment of skilled geoscientists.

Four formal morning talks, followed with discussions, will concentrate on:

  • The Aging Work Force.
  • Filling the Gap -- where will future geoscientists come from?
  • What is expected from the future geoscientist (major oil companies and independents).
  • Education/tools/qualifications for the next generation geoscientist.

Other student activities set for Long Beach include:

Friday, March 30

Imperial Barrel Competition --  A student competition that boasts a 30-year tradition at Imperial College in London comes to the AAPG Annual Convention, as invited teams from universities around the world compete in a contest to assess the petroleum potential of a specific basin.

Saturday, March 31

The SEPM short course on “Sequence Stratigraphy for Graduate Students,” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (continuing on Sunday, April 1), at the Westin Hotel. Instructors Vitor Abreu and Jack Neal, with ExxonMobil Exploration in Houston, lead a course designed to teach graduate students the principles, concepts and methods of sequence stratigraphy.

Monday, April 2

The AAPG Member Plaza and Bookstore/General Store, both in the AAPG Center in the exhibits hall, will open for business.

For students, the Member Plaza is the place to familiarize yourself with AAPG benefits and services, and to meet the membership staff. Apply for membership, pay dues, change your address -- and purchase member jewelry.

You also can learn about:

  • AAPG divisions (Division of Environmental Geosciences, Division of Professional Affairs and Energy Minerals Division).
  • AAPG student benefits, student chapters and Student Expos.
  • The Visiting Geologist Program.

At the Bookstore you can buy onsite or order material for home delivery; all books have AAPG member prices, and more than a dozen new publications have been released in the last 12 months.

At the General Store you can purchase AAPG apparel and gifts for the kids -- and proceeds benefit AAPG student chapters.

Student Lounge (sponsored by Chevron), also on the exhibits hall floor, offers complimentary refreshments each day during exhibition hours.

The AAPG/SEPM Student Reception will be held from 6-9 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency.

All students and faculty attending the convention are invited to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments; meet and hear from a ExxonMobil representative; and watch the presentation of the Schlumberger-sponsored Outstanding Student Chapter Award, the Jim Hartman Service to Students Award, the Imperial Barrel Award

and the top three poster awards from the Shell-sponsored “Selected Academic Research Topics: Student Presentations.”

Wednesday, April 4

The AAPG/SEPM Student Chapter field trip, “Rifting, Transpression and Neotectonics of the Salton Trough, Southern California,” will begin at 3 p.m., and conclude at 6 p.m. Friday, April 6.

The trip, limited to students and faculty advisers, visits two world-class geologic exposures in the tectonically active Salton Trough -- the remarkable geologic structure of the Mecca Hills and the starkly beautiful Split Mountain Gorge.

Information on all of the student activities can be found online at www.aapg.org/longbeach2007/student.cfm

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