The PetroBowl® contest is SPE's largest student competition. SPE Chapters from around the world participate in this quick-fire quiz covering a wide range of topics relevant to the E&P industry. Through this contest, the best students display their expertise and knowledge to a global audience.
CONGRATULATIONS to the 2022 PetroBowl Champions: University of Oklahoma!
Second place goes to Colorado School of Mines.
The PetroBowl Championship took place during the 2022 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (ATCE) in Houston, Texas, USA 3 October 2022.
The Championship consists of 32 teams. These teams are selected through Regional Qualifiers which take place across the six PetroBowl Super Regions. 5 teams qualify from each Super Region, who join the two finalists teams from the 2021 Championship to determine the 32 teams.
For further information, contact us at PetroBowl@spe.org.
SPE Chapters that wish to participate in the PetroBowl Championship need to participate in their Regional Qualifier. To find out which PetroBowl Region you are in please view the Petrobowl Regions Map. Details of Regional Qualifiers and how to apply for them will be posted on our Regional Qualifiers page.
While COVID-19 remains a serious health and safety concern, Regional Qualifiers will be a mix of physical and virtual events depending on suitability for the region. We appreciate many teams want to return to physical games but the platform for the contest will be determined with the safety of our members, teams, and volunteers at the highest priority.
Changes to the Program
Each year the Championship contest is reviewed by the Young Member Engagement Committee (YMEC) to consider new improvements to the contest structure. YMEC will endeavour to make any changes as early as possible to allow teams ample time to prepare, however further updates may be made prior to the contest.
All teams will be asked to confirm their understanding of the final rules and regulations before the Championship. For any questions about the changes to the program please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All questions are sourced through verified source materials and are created and maintained by SPE Professional Members. Recording, sharing or using PetroBowl® question sets for other purposes, including practice games, is not allowed and is considered cheating. Any Members who are caught recording or redistributing questions may disqualify their Chapter from participation in the PetroBowl Program.
If you are a SPE Professional Member (no Student Members or academic staff permitted) and want to submit your questions for use in our games, please submit your question to the database here.
Preparing for the Competition
PetroBowl questions must be verified by reliable sources which explore the oil and gas industry and related fields. Questions can cover any SPE or Industry related topics, including historical, business, or technical topics. Here is a suggested list of study materials as possible sources of questions:
Academic: Technical, Fundamentals of Petroleum Engineering
- Content from SPE’s PetroWiki
- Petroleum Engineering and related (Geology, Reservoir Engineering, etc.) textbooks
- Glossary of Industry Terminology
- Schlumberger Oilfield Glossary
- Schlumberger Oilfield Review Defining Series
Non-Academic: Industry Statistics, History, Trivia, Current Events
- Industry Statistics
- Journal of Petroleum Technology® magazine
- The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power by Yergin, Daniel
PetroBowl Competition Resources
- Rules and Regulations
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Find Your SPE Region
- View United States Regions
- Find a Student Chapter
- Sponsorship Guide for Teams