UH Team Wins Gulf Coast Section 2019 AAPG Imperial Barrel Award Competition


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A team of five Ph.D. and M.S. graduate students from University of Houston’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences won first place in the Imperial Barrel Award Program (IBA) of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Gulf Coast Section competition. The UH team competed on March 17 at the Anadarko building in The Woodlands.

They will advance to a final, global competition held at the Annual AAPG Convention in San Antonio on Saturday, May 18. The global competition includes the all first place teams from the sectional competitions.

The second place award went to The University of Texas at Austin, and the third place award went to Auburn University.

AAPG’s IBA Program is an annual prospective basin evaluation competition for geoscience graduate students from universities around the world. University teams compete to win scholarship funds for their geoscience department and the international recognition that comes from participating in or winning the competition. The UH team received a check for $1,500, which will be used in the coming year to support the activities of the AAPG student chapter at EAS: www.uh.edu/nsm/earth-atmospheric/student-organizations/