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View the International Student Paper Contest Winners

2011 International Student Paper Contest Winners

Undergraduate Division

1st Place – Parag Bandyopadhyay, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University

2nd Place –  Jeffrey Adams, Texas A&M University

3rd Place – Rodolfo Oliveira, Universidad Federal do Espirito Santo

Master’s Division

1st Place-  Sneha Panchadhara, Louisiana State University

2nd Place-  Guenther Glatz, Stanford University

3rd Place-  Varun Pathak, University of Alberta

PhD Division

1st Place –  Zhouyuan Zhu, Stanford University

2nd Place – Abelardo Barreto, Universidade Estadual Norte Flumnese

3rd Place-  Livia Moreira, Yale University

View past years’ winners.

SPE Student Chapter Tyumen Attends ROGCE

SPE Russian Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition 2010 took place 26-28 October in Moscow.  Members of Tyumen SPE Student Chapter participated in the conference.  New devices, facilities, and technologies were presented by oil and gas services companies.

Ivan Sinsov, Aleksey Nilaev, Ruslan Lopatin and Dmitry Galios all presented their papers, with postgraduate student Ivan Sinsov from the Engineering of Oil and Gas Reservoirs department (Tyumen State Oil and Gas University) placing second in the PhD division.

SPE Student Chapter Tyumen Participates in Conference on Hydraulic Fracturing

Spokesmen of Tyumen SPE Chapter participated in SPE conference titled “Hydraulic Fracturing in Russia: Experience and Perspective” held 28-30 September in Nizhnevartovsk, Western Siberia, Russia. Approximately 132 participants from Russian and international companies presented papers and participated in sessions. One of the most prominent guests at this conference was Michael Economides, a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Houston, Texas, and Dmitry Chernishev, the technical spokesman of Smith International. The conference was about hydraulic fracturing in Russia. Hydraulic fracturing, as a method of well stimulation, started in USA in the late 1940s. In the Soviet Union, it was used for the first time in 1952. Hydraulic fracturing was initially a primarily completion method for injection wells in the course of peripheral water-flooding.  Later on, in the former Soviet Union, hydraulic fracturing was done in oil wells with river sand employed as proppant material. The second coming of hydraulic fracturing took place consequently on dramatically worsened structure of reserves in Russia in the early 1990s. By now the Russian oil and gas companies have accumulated substantial experience in hydraulic fracturing operations under various geological conditions.

Tyumen Photo

President’s Award for Section Excellence Recipients

The purpose of the SPE President’s Award For Section Excellence is to recognize SPE sections whose efforts in member programs, technology dissemination, and cooperation with other SPE sections distinguish them. Because the award recognizes exceptional merit in a number of areas, it is not required that an award be given every year; up to six awards may be given annually. Learn more.

2011 winning sections

2011 Winning Sections



Gulf Coast

LA Basin


Saudi Arabia


2011 Most Improved Sections

Calgary and Port Harcourt (tie)

2011 Most Innovative New Program

Ghana and London (tie)

Previous Years

Outstanding Student Chapters Announced

The Outstanding Student Chapter Award (OSC) is presented to the chapters whose programs, activities, and levels of participation during a single academic year distinguish that chapter from others.

2011 Award Recipients

University of Ibadan

UPN “Veteran” Yogyakarta

Istanbul Technical University

University of Trinidad and Tobago

NED University of Engineering & Tech

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Tyumen State Oil and Gas University

Student Chapters that Achieved the Gold Standard, 2011

University of Ibadan
Institute of Management & Technology (IMT)

Malaysia University of Technology (UTM)
UPN “Veteran” Yogyakarta
University of Petroleum China, Beijing

Istanbul Technical University
TU Bergakademie Freiberg

Latin America
Universidad Industrial De Santander
Universidade Estadual de Campinas
University of Trinidad and Tobago

Middle East
University of Cairo
Indian School of Mines
Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT)
NED University of Engineering & Technology
King Saud University
Suez Canal University
Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU)
University of Petroleum & Energy Studies

North America
University of Oklahoma
Texas A&M University
University of Texas at Austin
University of Tulsa
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Marietta College
University of Calgary

Tyumen State Oil and Gas University


SPE Student Chapter of the Month for August

Congratulations to Tyumen State Oil and Gas University!  The students of this chapter started off the year busy and have been running ever since.  Their list of goals included increasing membership, going on field trips, conducting conferences and locating a sponsor.  They have been quite successful with most of these items.  They are creating strong collaboration with other student chapters, professional members and industry company representatives.
Tyumen Chapter Photo
Tyumen Chapter recently celebrated five years of establishment with a special event.  This chapter organized the IV International Oil and Gas Conference bringing together students and young professionals from all over Russia and Belarus.  The event included technical sessions and paper contests.  They have successfully organized blood drives, and an awesome recruitment day.  Students participated in the Schlumberger Fellowship Program for TSOGU students, where 4 SPE members became winners.  Chapter members participated in the “East Meets West Program in Krakow, Poland along with chapter members from Ukraine, France, UK, Germany and Poland.  Some of them presented in the poster contest during this event.  Tyumen Chapter was visited by 2011 SPE President Alain Labastie and SPE Young Member Programs Manager, Melissa Schultea.  Field trips include visiting the Training Center of KCA Deutag Drilling Company, as well as the Schlumberger Siberian Training Center.  There were over 18 students that attended the Distinguished Lecturer Program presented by Dr. Santos lecturing on “Ways to Successfully Reduce the Well Blowouts”.  Chapter members were presented a program by Sergey Parkhonyuk, from Schlumberger,  “Propping Agents Characteristics in Hydraulic Fracturing Operations.
Tyumen Chapter Photo
Tyumen Chapter Photo
Tyumen State Oil & Gas University SPE Student Chapter is doing a terrific job and has many more celebrations to come!  Congratulations  on being August Student Chapter of the Month!

SPE Tyumen State Oil and Gas University Student Chapter Celebrates 5th Anniversary

“Five years of success. And it only the beginning” is the motto of the SPE Tyumen State Oil and Gas University student chapter. In these five years, a lot has happened: lectures of known lecturers, field trips to companies, social projects, technical meetings and corporate parties.

Tyumen Chapter Photo

At a recent banquet, after a small opening address, 2010 president of the chapter, Aleksey Borisenko, showed a short presentation of all the activities that the chapter has participated in during the last 5 years. The photographs took the members back to those former years and all agreed they’ve enjoyed themselves.
Tyumen Chapter Photo

Aside from students, the chapter also had guests: Michael Karnauhov, managing chair of  gas and gas condensate deposits, a member of SPE who has always supported the chapter’s activities, and Andrey Korotchenko, the first president of the student chapter SPE and currently the president of the professional section. Visitors noticed that student’s chapter constantly grows and gets stronger. Andrey Korotchenko was awarded a congratulatory certificate from the main section of SPE. Aleksey Borisenko received a certificate the chapter had received in 2005 at the  opening of the section from Andrey Korotchenko.

Tyumen Chapter Photo

All members of the chapter and the visitors were awarded congratulatory certificates in honor of the chapter’s fifth anniversary. The banquet ended with tea and questions.

Congratulations, Tyumen chapter, on your 5th anniversary!

SPE Student Chapter of the Month in July is Kazakh National Technical University!

Congratulations to SPE Student Chapter of the Month Kazakh National Technical University!


Kazakh National Technical University Student Chapter in Almaty, Kazakhstan, has been involved with remarkable activities. A few months ago, they participated in the Youth Forum during the Kazakhstan Energy Week. Alain Labastie, SPE 2011 President, attended their dedication ceremony for their chapter’s resource room at the university. Around 70 students attended a conference they held in conjunction with the Science Committee at the university. The subject of the conference was The Rate of Geology. This conference ran for 15 weeks and was held in their resource room. They were part organizers of a paper contest on Geology and Geophysics in Petroleum Engineering, which included guests from Halliburton. The main objective of this conference was providing students with the opportunity to show one’s potential, as well as to provide knowledge of oil and gas related information.


Keep up the excellent work Kazakh National Technical University Student Chapter – And once again congratulations, July SPE Student Chapter of the Month!