Establish a Student Chapter

SPE has student chapters around the world that provide an operating framework for society activities at a university level. Each student chapter is sponsored by a local, professional section and has the support of their university department.

Applications for new student chapters are reviewed three times a year: 15 February, June, and October. You may refer to the student chapter operations manual and eligibility requirements listed below.


  • At least 25 student members on the petition must be enrolled in a three-year degree program related to the upstream oil and gas industry or a two-year degree specific to petroleum engineering.
  • At least one set of students having graduated from the university with the specified degree.
  • A minimum of 25 student members who are not graduating within 12 months of the establishment date.
  • Officers listed on the petition should not be graduating within 12 months of the date of establishment.
  • New student chapters must agree with standard operating regulations as provided by SPE. If alternative versions are preferred, these should be submitted to SPE for approval.
  • Professional SPE member on faculty who is willing to serve as the student chapter advisor.
  • Support from local professional section of SPE.

Petitions are currently closed and will reopen approximately two months prior to the next deadline. In the meantime, we recommend beginning the following steps:

  • Begin conversations with the local section and request support.
  • Secure a university faculty member who will serve as faculty advisor.
  • Put together a list of officers and petitioning members (names and SPE member numbers) and ensure all students have an up-to-date Member Profile.
  • Draft a statement of why you want to form an SPE student chapter at your university.
  • Draft your 1-year plan of activity.

Petitions must be submitted to by 15 February, June, or October. Students are encouraged to work closely with staff before the deadline to ensure all petition details are correct. 

Within 45 days of the submission deadline, the petitioning officer will be notified of approval. Until officially approved, students may not operate using the SPE name.