Take Advantage of ATCE!
If you are planning to attend the 2010 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) in Florence this September, here are some tips for getting the most out of your trip:
Dress is comfortable, but businesslike. You don’t have to “dress up,” but remember that you will be surrounded by industry professionals, and will want to make a good impression. At the same time, you may have to walk long distances, even within the convention center, so wear comfortable shoes.
Attend as many student activities as you can.
- Officers: The Student Development Committee is excited about presenting Gold Awards to about a dozen chapters this year. Learn how we determined the winners and how your chapter can win the Gold, even if you don’t win the Outstanding Student Chapter award for your region.
- Everybody: Be sure to network with other students (and maybe win prizes!) at the Student Meet and Greet and attend the Student General Session to learn about careers in the industry.
Attend the International Student Paper Contest to support the participants from your region or just to learn exciting new things about what students are doing. The presenters at this contest are all students, too, and some of their work is fascinating.
Cheer on a team from your region at the PetroBowl. Regardless who you support, you’re bound to learn more about the industry from this fast-paced competition.
Visit the exhibition hall. While you’re there, ask questions. Most of the exhibitors are excited about their products, and eager to help students understand what they do. This is an interactive exhibit, so stop, speak, ask, and learn!
While you’re there, visit the SPE Pavilion on the Cavaniglia Exhibit Floor, Stand # 2711 for special pricing on PE textbooks at the SPE Bookstore, a FREE GIFT from SPE.org when you update your contact information, confirm your graduation date, and set up your personal profile on MySPEnetwork, and a set of FREE BOOKMARKS and complimentary copies of SPE peer-review journals in the publications area.
SPE Student Development Committee
Darla-Jean Weatherford, Texas A&M University