Student Members make up a large part of SPE's membership—over 40%—and we are dedicated to providing the resources and providing every opportunity possible for our members to show their skills. Through local SPE Chapters and International Programs, we aim to provide top support to Student Members.

Student Chapters

SPE Student Chapters connect student members with an engineering focus at universities so they can develop events and initiatives to support local students and build a strong community. Active student members work closely with their sponsoring SPE Section, Faculty Advisors, and Department Heads to host industry-relevant events that benefit their peers. Getting involved with Student Chapters is a great way to develop new skills in communication and team leadership while also getting recognition from wider SPE groups.

Visit the SPE Chapter page for more information on how to find, operate, establish, and recognize your local SPE Chapter.

Young Member Engagement Committee

The Young Member Engagement Committee (YMEC) is a global team of SPE members who ensure that young professional and student engagement remains a top priority for SPE. YMEC reports directly to the SPE Board of Directors and is responsible for international student activities.


International Student Programs

If you don't have a Chapter at your University, or if you just want to get involved in wider SPE activities, we have a variety of programs that allow you as a team, or an individual, to make the most of your SPE Membership.


The PetroBowl contest is SPE's largest student competition. SPE Chapters from around the world participate in this quick-fire quiz. Teams participate in Regional Qualifiers for a chance to attend the international championship games at SPE's Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.

Student Paper Contest

Student members are invited to show their technical expertise by presenting original work to a panel of judges. The top students from each degree level and region are invited to present at an international stage and be published in OnePetro®.

Ambassador Lecturer Program

The Ambassador Lecturer Program (ALP) educates, informs, and develops the industry's future engineers. Young Professionals (YPs) visit Chapters, universities, and secondary schools in their region to disseminate E&P industry information, answer students' questions, and share their professional experiences.


Through eMentoring, Student Members can connect and learn industry insights while gaining practical career advice from young and experienced professionals. It's easy to communicate via email, Skype, LinkedIn, or other social media platforms at a chosen time that suits both individuals.

Career Pathways Fair

Meet with specialists from multiple disciplines and gain insight into possible career paths at the Career Pathways Fair. Held several times throughout the year, this fair gives students, recent graduates, and YPs an opportunity to speak one-on-one with experienced professionals in an informal environment.

Scholarships and Fellowships

SPE has a limited number of scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees related to the oil and gas industry. In addition to local Section led scholarships, international awards are determined and given by a panel of judges each year.

League of Volunteers

Give back to SPE and the industry with the League of Volunteers! Communication skills workshops and team building exercises are just some of the opportunities available for students to develop various soft skills.


SPE Connect

This is the global online forum for all SPE Members to connect. Join discussions based on regional, technical, or development interest. Ask about upcoming events, technical advice, and industry updates, or simply form friendships with like-minded members around the world.

Student Membership

Student membership has many benefits, including free membership for your first year when you sign up for the SPE Student Dues Program sponsored by Chevron. Join Now.

Graduating Students

If you are approaching graduation, you can transition to become an SPE Professional Member, which opens up new SPE opportunities for you. Keep your SPE profile up to date, and tell SPE You're Graduating. You can qualify to receive your first year of professional membership for free.

Student Resources