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Learn the Benefits of Being an SPE Student Member

For the latest on student benefits, visit the Student Membership page.

Some of SPE’s most active and excited members are the students. Our 230 student chapters span six continents, and several times a month we receive new chapter activity reports about the latest field trips, fundraisers and competitions hosted all over the world. Being a student member is both fun and educational, and we want you to join!

Membership is not free by default, but our professional members will cover your dues in full if you are not able to pay. All you have to do is check the box “have professional member cover my dues” during the sign-up process. Otherwise, annual fees range from USD 10 to 14. Yes, that’s it! See the chart at the bottom of our join page for details.

Connect with peers

Belonging to a student chapter will give you the footing and support you need as you begin your involvement at SPE. Our chapters divide their time between activities that enrich their education and give back to the community.

And, don’t worry, it’s not all work. Our chapters know how to have fun! Earlier this month, the University of Manchester Student Chapter organized the SPE Northern Universities Winter Football Cup in England. We document many of these activities on this blog.

Connect with the industry

You’ll get a head start on networking and have access to industry professionals at the 60+ events and meetings SPE holds all over the world.

The student registration fees to attend these events are significantly lower than those of professionals and, sometimes, they are waived entirely. The largest conferences and workshops typically offer some type of networking or competition event geared toward students. Winners from the annually held regional paper contests are flown each year to the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (last year’s conference was held in Florence, Italy!) to compete in the international paper contest. This is one of our most popular conferences, and it attracted 9,400 oil and gas professionals from 57 countries this past November. Learn about the conference here.

If you can’t make it to an event, our eMentoring Program can match you with a professional member from anywhere in the world. Our mentors are ready to dispense their wisdom at your request, whether by email or phone, and you remain paired for an entire year. As with all student programs at SPE, this one is free!

This is just a slice of the benefits our students experience after becoming a member. Check out our students page to learn all the ways you can benefit from membership and get involved.

Get awarded

We dedicate more than one million dollars every year to scholarships and fellowships.  You must be an SPE member to apply for most of them.  Our SPE sections also give out scholarships to students in their regions. Learn more.

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Contact our customer service at or by calling your region’s office if you have any questions. We will be happy to answer.

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BUE Soccer Team

British University in Egypt SPE Student Chapter Competes for a Gold Medal in Soccer Faceoff

BUE student chapter competed in a soccer game against other SPE student chapters in to win a gold medal. The Soccer league is organized by the YP and SPE Egypt student chapters. The winners of the soccer game are awarded gold medals, second place receive silver medal, and third place receive a bronze medal. The BUE student chapter ranked second, receiving a silver medal.

BUE Soccer Team

The competition didn’t end with soccer!  The BUE student chapter competed against other student chapter in SPE Trivia. SPE Trivia was a competition where teams are challenged to answer both technical and non-technical questions associated with the oil and gas industry.

BUE juniors team in SPE Trivia contest

Congratulations BUE student chapter on winning the silver medal!

Worlds AIDS Day Banner being signed

The University of Petroleum and Energy Studies Celebrates Two Years and Raises Awareness

The UPES student chapter celebrated two years as a student chapter with SPE with a cake cutting ceremony. The student chapter has seen tremendous growth since 2009.

They have hosted several seminars, social activities and awareness programs, including a CV-Building Workshop where students learned how to create a good CV and learned the difference between a CV and a resume.

On December 1st, the World AIDS Day, the UPES student chapter undertook a campaign to raise awareness amongst the student body.  They presented a street play and displayed a banner that faculty and students were able to sign. The campaign also included a Facebook slogan writing competition and poster making competition.

Worlds AIDS Day Banner being signed

In conjunction with the Worlds AIDS Day campaign, the UPES student chapter also hosted “GOOGLE Mania”, where participants were tested on their technical knowledge, logical ability and thinking capability. Teams were given a questionnaire, which they had to use the search engine GOOGLE to answer. The focus of the event was to test the teams speed, and their logical reasoning to enter the right search string to receive the correct answer as soon as possible.

GOOGLE Mania, teams going for the win

Congratulations, UPES for two years with SPE, keep up the good work!


Industrial Engagement Series II Hosted by the Universiti Teknologi Petronas Student Chapter

On 30 November, the UTP student chapter hosted the Industrial Engagement Series II: Bakers Hughes Talk. A senior petrophysicist from Baker Hughes conducted the 3-hour event. The presentation highlighted the opportunities and challenges in the Malaysian Oil & Gas Industry and how sophisticated drilling system and LWD could help in eliminating the uncertainty for more profitable recovery.

The objective of the workshop was to strengthen the bond between Baker Hughes and the UTP student chapter, allowing the student chapter to open career building opportunities by introducing the students to potential employers in the petroleum industry. Keep up the good work!


First Annual New Faces of Engineering College Edition Winner Announced

The National Engineers Week Foundation and partners honor top college engineering students by recognizing the most promising engineering professionals of tomorrow with their first annual New Faces of Engineering College Edition program.

Fifteen engineering students in their third, fourth or fifth year were selected. Winners are recognized for academic excellence, leadership within student organizations, outstanding communication skills, non-engineering related community service and involvement in the engineering industry.

Moustafa Ezzat, a 5th year student form the British University in Egypt and student member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), was among the winners.

Congratulations, Moustafa Ezzat!

Learn more about engineering careers.

OU SPE at PetroBowl

SPE Student Chapter University of Oklahoma’s November Activities

The OU Chapter deserves a special mention for all the hard work they have been doing this semester.

Their main activities this month included:

Relay for Life Oklahoma Summit: The Chapter was honored as one of the top 15 teams invited to the Oklahoma Summit for Relay for Life. The conference was held at the Magnuson Hotel and Meridian Convention Center in Oklahoma City and featured many guest speakers, all of whom had been personally affected by cancer. The summit was a great way to get members excited about Relay for Life.

The OU Chapter was honored to receive the HOPE Award from American Cancer Society for the fourth year in a row.  The Chapter has continued to be the highest fundraiser at the annual Relay for Life event for the High Plains Division, with a cumulative of $57,000 raised over the past four years. I’m sure everyone will agree that this is a fantastic achievement.

Sooner Saturday: Sooner Saturday is a campus‐wide day for high school seniors, transfer students and their families to learn more about the University of Oklahoma. OU SPE had members, in particular active freshmen, spoke to incoming students about petroleum engineering and the OU Student Chapter.

Participation at ATCE: What a fantastic photo of the OU Chapter members at this year’s PetroBowl! (insert petrobowl pic).  It looks like they had a great time.  In addition to this, the Chapter received their Gold Standard Award at the Student General Session (insert gold standard pic)– congratulations OU Student Chapter!


Congratulations SPE Student Chapter of the Month for December – Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas!

The Gubkin Student Chapter has been working very hard and deserves recognition for their efforts – our student activities email box has been overflowing with activity reports from this chapter!

The Chapter assisted in organizing the 9th all-Russian Conference “New technologies in the gas industry”, from 4-7 November.  This was an excellent opportunity for young professionals, scientists and students to exchange their experiences and views on industry development. The event is held every two years and is sponsored by Gazprom Holding.  Two Chapter Officers (Vlada Streletskaya and Peter Osipenko) were on the organizing committee, but all Chapter members helped with the event by meeting guests at their hotels, preparing the hand-out materials for participants, and helping the Section and registrations team.

The Chapter was founded in 2003, but the members have recently celebrated the last two years as being the extremely active years– congratulations! (can we have a slice of the cake please?)

In late October the SPE Arctic and Extreme Environments Conference was held in Moscow, Russia.

The Gubkin Chapter helped the SPE Moscow Section by working on the exhibition stand.  They also helped the organizing committee with other tasks that occurred as a result of the conference.

The University organized the third international student Scientific and Practical Conference “Oil and Gas Horizons”. One event during the conference was a Distinguished Lecturer seminar with Mike Mayorov (Baker Hughes).  Students learnt about the basic factors which every student should pay attention to: time management, special knowledge, social work and attending professional courses organized by oil companies. The students were motivated by the lecture, and asked many questions on how to improve their presentation skills.

The Chapter was heavily involved in the third International Student Scientific and Practical Conference “Oil and Gas Horizons 2011”.  The Chapter organized an excursion for attendees through the center of Moscow.  There were student from Romania, Germany, Poland and Kazakhstan, in addition to some students from Russian Universities outside of Moscow.  Sights of the tour included the Tretyakov gallery, the Red Square, Alexander’s Garden, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the State Universal Store and Arbat Street.

The Gubkin Chapter was asked to make a video as part of a project for the World Petroleum Congress, which will be held in Qatar this December.  Led by Arthur Perederiy, Chapter Secretary, the task was completed successfully.  The film was contained interviews and information in which highlighted the Russian culture, with particular focus on the petroleum industry.  The Chapter members are proud of the final result.

Congratulations Gubkin Student Chapter – keep up the good work!

President’s Luncheon with current SPE President, Alain Labastie.

Star Scholarship and Fellowship Recipients Attend ATCE 2011

The 2011 Star Scholarship & Fellowship recipients travelled from all over the globe to attend ATCE 2011 in Denver, Colorado. They were thrilled to receive this opportunity to meet their peers and learn from some of the industry’s leaders.
Each year, SPE awards Star Scholarships and Fellowships representing a 1-million-dollar commitment to education. SPE Star Scholarships and Fellowships are available in all 15 regions; apply by 15 March. Find out how to apply.

President’s Luncheon with current SPE President, Alain Labastie.