Special Events

2020 IOGP Outstanding Young Professional Award (OYPA)

Date: Monday, 27 July 2020
Venue: Online


Now in its third year, OYPA celebrates the achievements of an individual with fewer than 10 years of professional E&P experience.

A special awards committee will announce the winner at the Opening Ceremony.


“This award aims to inspire the next generation. We want to recognize their efforts to promote safe, responsible and sustainable Exploration and Production operations.” - Gordon Ballard, Executive Director of IOGP

For more information about IOGP Awards, visit www.iogp.org/award.

Student Events

Virtual Regional Student Paper Contest

The Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Student Paper Contest took place over the month of May, with 21 contestants presenting original, single-author work to a panel of Judges. This is the first time that the Student Paper Contest has been held virtually, and the winners in each division will go on to participate in the Virtual Student Paper Contest this coming October. 

1st Place Contestants, by division: 

  • PhDDaniel Montes Pinzon, Universidad Nacional Colombia Unalmed Chapter
  • Master's - Raphael Chalhub Ribeiro, Pontificia University Catolica Brazil
  • Bachelor's - Lucas Andre Dos Santos, Universidade Federal do Rio De Janeiro

For additional information about the Student Paper Contest, please contact regprograms@spe.org

Students who participated in the competition, per division:

Contest Division: Bachelor's

Lucas Andre Dos Santos, Universidade Federal do Rio De Janeiro

Jhon Fredy Gallego Arias, Universidad Nacional Colombia Unalmed Chapter

Alemarnery Chiquinquira Villalobos, Universidad Del Zulia

Luis Felipe Bordini Rodrigues, Universidade Federal do Rio De Janeiro

Oscar Enrique Medina, Universidad Nacional Colombia Unalmed Chapter

Samuel David Fontalvo Guzman, Universidad Industrial De Santander

Mitchel Danny Pinas, Anton de Kom University of Suriname Chapter

Carlos Dario Abadiano Lopez, Central University of Ecuador

Katherine Geomara Carrillo, Central University of Ecuador

Maria Belen Ochoa Caballero, Escuela Politecnica Nacional Chapter

Contest Division: Master's

Jorge Andres Tovar, Universidade Estadual De Campinas

Sheryl Surani Roshni Raghoe, Anton De Kom University of Suriname

Thiago Dos Santos Pereira, Pontificia University Catolica Brazil

Luis Alfonso Ramirez, Universidad De Los Andes

Kimberly Vanity Tjadikrama, Anton De Kom University of Suriname

Steve Duncan, The University of West Indies

Jhon Michael Florez Roa, Universidad Industrial De Santander

Raphael Chalhub Ribeiro, Pontificia University Catolica Brazil

Felippe Schuwartz Marques, Universidade Federal Fluminense

Contest Division: PhD

Daniel Montes Pinzon, Universidad Nacional Colombia Unalmed Chapter

Johanna Vargas Clavijo, Universidad Nacional Colombia Unalmed Chapter

Paulo Andres Paz, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro