Section Awards and Recognition

Section awards and recognition recognize those that succeed in fulfilling SPE’s mission by serving local members. The awards honor exemplary efforts in technical knowledge dissemination, operations, member benefits, society and community outreach, innovation, and more.

Presidential Award Logo Presidential Award for Outstanding Section

The Presidential Award for Outstanding Section is the highest honor a section can receive. It recognizes the top 5 percent of eligible sections that are exemplary in the scoring categories. The awards are presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.


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Section Excellence Award Section Excellence Award

The Section Excellence Award is the second highest honor a section can receive. It is awarded to the next 20 percent of eligible sections that have accomplished an admirable level of success. A certificate is emailed to all designated sections.


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Eligibility and Judging

Compliant sections that submit an annual report by 1 June are eligible for consideration. Each section will demonstrate a different level of activity in the scoring categories below - depending on initiative, size, and resources. To normalize the varying sizes, sections are divided into five size groups according to the section's total paid membership as of 31 December. The size groups are Small, Medium, Large, Mega, and Super Mega. Super Mega consists of sections with membership of 2,000 or greater.

The other size groups are evenly divided. Divisions are predicted to result in up to the following number of awards:

Small, Medium, Large, and Mega
Super Mega

Presidential Award for Outstanding Section

2 per size group


Section Excellence Award

10 per size group


Judging is completed in three rounds by a committee of members sourced from SPE's volunteer opportunities.


Scoring Details

The Award Shall Recognize

1. Technical Knowledge Dissemination


2.  Section Operations & Sustainability


3. Member Benefits


4. Reaching Out – Within, Inter-Society and Community Benefits 


5.  Innovation



Regional Section Recognition

New for 2021, Regional Section Recognition aims to spotlight those doing excellent work within their SPE regions but not achieving a global Presidential or Excellence Award. The program recognizes those that are innovative, have a particularly noteworthy program, or are making great progress. 

Regional Directors establish the selection process for their respective region(s). The regional winners should not exceed 25% of all sections not achieving a global award that year. A certificate is emailed to all recognized sections.