Competing For Scholarships

The Imperial Barrel Award Program (IBA), a joint program between AAPG and the AAPG Foundation, 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 participation.

A Rigorous Challenge

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. 

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AAPG IBA 2018 during Annual Convention and Exhibition in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Help Support IBA

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. But it’s not cheap. We’ve set a goal to raise $17 million to enable this program to continue for years to come. Please help.



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