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.
To ensure maximum participation the 2021 Championship will be hosted virtually. This will be run in the lead up to ATCE so results can be celebrated as part of the ATCE Award Announcements as per tradition.
The Contest will be hosted on 4-5 September 2021 and will be live streamed. Links to these will be posted here nearer the time of the event.
Saturday, 4 September 2021
Round 1 & Round 2 Games
Sunday, 5 September 2021
Semi, Quarter, Third Place and Final
For further information, contact us at PetroBowl@spe.org.
All 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 are confirmed information will be posted on our Regional Qualifiers page.
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 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. 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