AAPG’s Imperial Barrel Award Program (IBA) is an annual basin/prospect evaluation competition for geoscience graduate students from universities around the world. University teams compete to win scholarship funds dedicated to graduate student petroleum geoscience education. The program is rigorous and contributes to AAPG’s mission of promoting petroleum geoscience training and advancing the careers of geoscience students.

In this global competition, university teams analyse a dataset (geology, geophysics, land, economics, production infrastructure, and other relevant materials) in the eight (8) weeks prior to their local competition. Each team delivers their results in a 25 minute presentation to a panel of industry experts. Students have the chance to use real technology on a real dataset, receive the feedback from an industry panel, have the opportunity to impress potential employers in the audience, and the chance to win cash awards for their schools. The industry panel of judges will select the winning team on the basis of the technical quality, clarity and originality of its presentation.

The IBA is a hands-on opportunity for students to experience the creative process and the high-tech science that is the foundation of the Energy Industry today.  Global IBA Program Home Page.

IBA – Africa Region: Results 2014

1st Place: University of Western Cape, South Africa

2nd Place: Faculty of Science, Tunis El Manah, Tunisia

3rd Place: University of Lagos, Nigeria

Congratulations to the team from University of Western Cape.  They are  the AAPG Africa Region’s team for 2014.

2014 IBA Sponsors

For more information on the IBA and for participation in 2015 IBA please contact Dkuye@aapg.org