Networking Helps Make Fall Student Expo a Hit

Recent AAPG/SEG Student Expo an Across-the-board Success

More than 170 students and a historic number of representatives from 20 companies made the recent AAPG/SEG Student Expo an across-the-board success.

The meeting attracted the highest number of industry representatives ever to the annual fall event, which was held in mid-October at the Westin Galleria in Houston.

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Networking was an important part — as it always is — of the annual fall AAPG/SEG Student Expo in Houston.

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More than 170 students and a historic number of representatives from 20 companies made the recent AAPG/SEG Student Expo an across-the-board success.

The meeting attracted the highest number of industry representatives ever to the annual fall event, which was held in mid-October at the Westin Galleria in Houston.

The expo offered corporate recruiters the chance to interact with a talented and diverse pool of geoscience students from around the world. Activities included student poster presentations, informal interviews, network opportunities and field trips to active Anadarko drilling rigs north of Houston; an east Texas coastal trip to examine modern and late Quaternary environments; and the Texas Energy Museum and the Spindletop/Gladys City Boomtown Museum.

Poster presentations were for the 100-plus company recruiters there, and companies conducted well over 300 interviews.

Christopher Mattheus from the University of Alabama won the top poster prize, which was a $500 gift certificate for either AAPG or SEG educational items such as books, short courses or meeting registration fees.

Four honorable mention awards of $200 per student went to:

  • Yogesh Agnihotri, the University of Texas at Dallas.
  • Weihong Fei, the University of Texas at Dallas.
  • Jon Koenig, Baylor University.
  • Sylvia Nordfjord, the University of Texas at Austin.

Sponsors of the Student Expo were:

  • Platinum Level — Anadarko, bp, ChevronTexaco, Devon, ExxonMobil, Kerr McGee, Occidental, Pioneer Natural Resources, Shell, Total, Unocal and Veritas.
  • Sponsor Level — ConocoPhillips, EnCana Oil & Gas, Gunn Oil Co., Marathon, Minerals Management Service, Samson Resources, Schlumberger and Selman & Associates

For more information visit the AAPG/SEG Student Expo Web site.

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