Every year, the Society of Petroleum Engineers promotes the innovation, industry contribution, and outstanding achievements of its members. It does so through a variety of awards that recognize technical, social, academic and corporate support, and other accomplishments in the oil and gas industry.
Since 1936, when J. Edgar Pew won the Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal, SPE has created several awards, each one of them with special requisites and a special focus to promote the diversity of technical sections within the industry.
SPE grants these awards regionally and internationally in each of the categories shown in the figure below. Each category has its own nomination process and deadline.
These awards don’t belong only to our seasoned and senior colleagues; SPE realizes the importance of young professionals’ contributions across our industry every day and has created a special award for this audience: The Young Member Outstanding Service Award (YMOSA), for both the international and regional categories.
Over time, SPE has increased the YMOSA recipient count by more than 200% (graph below) to recognize and encourage the increase in young professionals in the industry and their contribution over the years.
Recognition outside our companies, schools, and institutions matters. Do you have a friend who is worthy of SPE recognition? Nominate them for the SPE award in the regional or international category.
Karen D. Hagedorn, the 2018 SPE Young Member Outstanding Service Award Subcommittee chair, shared her thoughts on some of the factors that the SPE award committee takes into consideration when facing the difficult task of deciding who to recognize:
“As you know, the YMOSA is intended to encourage interests broader than the profession. That is a critical point. We are looking for SERVICE, particularly leadership service, to the public and the community in addition to service to SPE, the petroleum profession, or the industry. So SPE volunteerism or professional contributions are very important, but what we would really like to see more of in the nominations is truly sustained, outstanding service to the broader community, of course consistent with local custom.”
Some of the most recent YMOSA recipients described the positive impact this achievement has had on their career.
“The award not only impacted my career but gave me a sense of belonging with other YPs all over the world, changing my career path drastically in a positive way,” said Pringle Egbe, a YMOSA recipient in 2017.
“In 2013, I proposed an SPE Science and Engineering Fair. The fair receives students from 50 secondary schools to demonstrate their science understanding with their peers. This program was really an eye opener in my section and it was then adopted as an annual event. SPE is a platform to shape your career and it gives you the privilege to network,” said Egbe recounting his volunteer and leadership experience through SPE.
Augustina Ovuema, another recipient of the award said, “This award brought me recognition and put me on the spotlight. I believe my service and volunteerism brought me this far. Crave for excellence and be good at it. Reach out to the young ones, mentor, and share experiences with them.”
We are living in a world of collaboration, partnership, and knowledge sharing. We, the TWA team, encourage you to nominate a colleague, friend, or teammate that you believe deserves to be applauded by nominating them for the YMOSA Award.
Below are a few resources to help you get started:
|International Young Member Outstanding Service Award: Nomination Deadline: 15 February|
The SPE Young Member Outstanding Service Award recognizes contributions to and leadership in public and community matters, SPE, the petroleum engineering profession, or the petroleum industry.
|Regional Young Member Outstanding Service Award: Nomination Deadline: 1 March|
The Regional Young Member Outstanding Service Award recognizes contributions and leadership to the public, the community, SPE, and the petroleum engineering profession within the region.
If you have any questions about the SPE Awards Program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.