The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Memorial University Student Chapter hosted the 2014 Canadian Region Student Paper Contest on August 27, 2014 at Memorial University. This was the first time it was held in Newfoundland and Labrador. Participants from different Canadian universities competed in PhD and masters & undergraduate divisions. The contest featured a panel of industry selected judges who evaluated the student presentations and awarded the winners for each of the student categories.
Each year, SPE coordinates 10 regional student paper contests at the undergraduate, master's and doctorate level. The students compete against other students from their region for the opportunity to participate in the International Student Paper Contest, held during the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE). Currently, the 10 regional contests are recognized by the Society: Canadian, Russian, European, US Gulf Coast, US Rocky Mountain/Mid-Continent/Eastern, Latin American/Caribbean, Western, African, Asian Pacific, and Middle East. The MUN SSPE Chapter is proud to host the contest for the first time, which signifies the solid relationship we have with the SPE Atlantic Section and the energy companies active in the local projects.
36 abstracts from different universities were submitted for presentation at the contest. Following a through selection process carried out by the contest advisory board, the accepted abstracts are selected. The contest included 12 presentations in the combined undergraduate /master’s division and 9 presentations in the PhD division. Topics primarily included the application of basic and engineering sciences to the finding, development, and recovery of oil, gas, and other resources from wells. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners received $400, $200, and $100 cash prizes, respectively. In addition, the 1st place winners in each category will be supported by SPE International to travel to ATCE 2014 (October 27-29, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and represent the SPE Canadian Region at the SPE International Student Paper Contest.
Combined Undergraduate and Master’s Division
1st Place Winner: Ayub Khezrnejad, Memorial University of Newfoundland
2nd Place Winner: Felix Rogers, Memorial University of Newfoundland
3rd Place Winner: Andrew Andrade, University of Waterloo
1st Place Winner: Mohsen Keshavarz, University of Calgary
2nd Place Winner: Hamid Behmanesh, University of Calgary
3rd Place Winner: Ali Souri Laki, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Aside from the excellent scientific program, an exciting social program also prepared that provided delegates an opportunity to explore, indulge and relax during their stay in St. John’s. The Welcome Reception, Gala Dinner, Closing Ceremony, and St. John’s sightseeing tour gave participants a chance to network among colleagues while enjoying the cuisine, culture, and warm hospitality that the city of St. John’s has to offer.
To obtain more information please visit the contest webpage.
To see the contest photo album please visit our Facebook page.