Upcoming Student Paper Contests

If a contest or a division is not held in your assigned region, you can request to present your paper in an assigned alternate region. Every region has only one alternate region. To make an alternate region paper request, or if the alternate region is not holding a contest, please contact spc@spe.org.

Regional Contests
SPC Region Date Contest Information


11 March 2017


  • Masters: Teslim Olayiwola, African University of Science and Technology, Abuja

Asia Pacific
(Includes Northern Asia Pacific countries, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Australia only)

17 October 2017

2017 Winners:

  • Bachelors: Jessie Chen, University New South Wales
  • Masters/PhD: Aliu Abdulmumin Omeiza, Southwest Petroleum

2018 Contest
Venue: 2017 SPE Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition (APOGCE) in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
Deadline: 14 July 2017
Abstract: Max 425 words
Applications: Apply now
Contact: apspc@spe.org 


25 March 2017


  • Bachelors: Joo Young Lim, University of British Columbia
  • Masters: Darlington Christian Etaje, University of Calgary
  • PhD: Adedapo Noah Awolayo, University of Calgary

Eastern North America

22 April 2017


  • Bachelors: Evan Galimberti, Pennsylvania State University
  • Masters: Dylan Albers, Louisiana State University
  • PhD: Mohammad Amin Amooie, Ohio State University


5 April 2017


  • Bachelors: Wojciech Labuda, AGH University of Science and Technology
  • Masters: Dietrich Kevin Dongue Dongue, Imperial College London
  • PhD: Marsha Maraj, London South Bank University

Gulf Coast North America

1 April 2017


  • Bachelors: Sara Nicole Edwards, Texas A&M University
  • Masters: Youssef El Waziry, University of Houston 
  • PhD: Krishna Chaitanya Nunna, Texas A&M University

Middle East

6 March 2017


  • Bachelors: Khaled Mohamed Shabara,
    Alexandria University
  • Bachelors: Farah Fawzy, American University in Cairo
  • Masters: Mohamed Shafik Khaled, Cairo University

Mid-Continent North America

8 April 2017


  • Bachelors: Paloma Das, University of Tulsa
  • Masters: Tito Henao, University of Oklahoma
  • PhD: Wei Tian, University of Oklahoma

Rocky Mountain North America

1 February 2017


  • Bachelors: Manju Pharkavi Murugesu, Colorado School of Mines
  • Masters: Jessica Iriarte, Colorado School of Mines
  • PhD: Mohammad Sabti, University of Wyoming

Russia & Caspian

17-18 October 2017

2017 Winners:

  • Bachelors: Roman Hutman, Gomel State Technical University n.a. P.O. Sukhoy, Belarus
  • Masters: Aleksey Petrov, Novosibirsk State University, Russia
  • PhD: Semen Buddeniy, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia

2018 Contest now open:

Venue: SPE Russian Petroleum Technology Conference, Moscow, Russia 
Deadline: 15 June 2017
Abstract: Max 425 words
Applications: Apply now 
Contact: spemos@spe.org

South America and Caribbean

16 May 2017

Venue: 2017 SPE Latin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Deadline: 31 January 2017
Contact: regprograms@spe.org

South Asia

4 – 6 April 2017


  • Bachelors: Aman Gaurav, Indian Institute of Technology (ISM), Dhanbad Chapter
  • Masters: Niranjan Bhore, Maharashtra Institute of Technology

Southwestern North America

1 February 2017


  • Bachelors: William Barrett Dubois, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Masters: Nkemakonam Uzodimma Egboga, The University of Texas at Austin
  • PhD: Ali Abouie, The University of Texas at Austin

Western North America

24 April 2017


  • Bachelors: Alexandra Zaragoza, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Chapter
  • Masters: Ahinoam Pollack, Stanford University
  • PhD: Wenyue Sun, Stanford University