Memorial engineering students do well at regional student paper contest

Sep 10th, 2014

By Javad Hashemi

Participants of the 2014 Canadian Regional SPE Student Paper Contest.
Memorial engineering students do well at regional student paper contest

With first, second and third place wins, Memorial engineering students performed well at the 2014 Canadian Region Student Paper Contest hosted by the Memorial University Student Chapter.

The contest took place on Aug. 27 - the first time the event has been held in Newfoundland and Labrador, and participants from different Canadian universities competed in PhD, master's and undergraduate divisions. The contest featured a panel of industry-selected judges who evaluated the student presentations.

Each year, SPE co-ordinates 10 regional student paper contests at the undergraduate, master's and doctorate levels. 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.

In total 36 abstracts from different universities were submitted. Following a thorough selection process carried out by the contest advisory board, the accepted abstracts were selected. The contest included 12 presentations in the combined undergraduate/master’s division and nine 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. First, second and third place winners received $400, $200, and $100 respectively in cash prizes.

The MUN SSPE Chapter was extremely proud to host the contest, which signifies the solid relationship it has with the SPE Atlantic Section and the energy companies active in the local projects.

The first place winners in each category will be supported by SPE International to travel to ATCE 2014 next month in Amsterdam and represent the SPE Canadian Region at the SPE International Student Paper Contest.




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