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Imperial Barrel Competition


Southwest Section AAPG

Imperial Barrel Competition

AAPG's Imperial Barrel Award Program (IBA) is an annual oil and gas 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 competing or winning in the competition. 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 analyze a dataset (geology, geophysics, land, production infrastructure, and other relevant materials) in the eight 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 state of the art technology on a real dataset, receive feedback from an industry panel, impress potential employers in the audience, and win cash awards for their school.  The judges will select the winning team on the basis of the technical quality, clarity and originality of presentation.


SWS AAPG Associated Universities


Angelo State University               

Baylor University             

Hardin Simmons University

  • Dr. Mark A. Ouimette                                                                   

Midwestern State University     

New Mexico State University

Southern Methodist University

Sul Ross State University             

Texas Christian University           

  • Dr. Xiangyang (Cheyenne) Xie         

Texas Tech University   

The University of Texas at Arlington       

  • Dr. Qinhong Hu                     

The University of Texas at Dallas

The University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas of  the  Permian Basin

Wayland Baptist University