Western Kentucky University Team Wins 2017 Eastern Section AAPG Imperial Barrel Competition

WKU team tops a field of 11 eastern universities to win the Eastern Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Imperial Barrel Award.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 18, 2017. (ES-AAPG) – Western Kentucky University confidently grabbed the top spot among the eleven teams participating in the Eastern Section AAPG Imperial Barrel Award Competition (IBA). The top placing WKU Hill-Topper team consists of Mike Arthur, Shelby Bowden, Jesse Boling, Matthew Bentley, and Matt Boudreaux and their Faculty Advisor Royhan Gani. WKU will now compete in the final round of the IBA in Houston, Texas, held in conjunction with the Annual Convention and Exhibition of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. In this final round they will go up against winners from the five US Sections and six International Regions. The WKU team takes home the 1st place medal, a cash donation to their department, and an all-expense paid trip to the AAPG meeting.

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About Imperial Barrel Award

The ES IBA Committee is responsible for holding a competition each spring (beginning in 2008) to select a university team to represent the section at the IBA finals held at the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition. The ES IBA Committee, in addition to encouraging universities to participate, arranges a venue for the competition, obtains sponsorships to cover costs associated with the competition, recruits judges for the competition, and maintains contact with the teams to ensure that all team members have registered and filed the required waiver and indemnity form, that the teams have the software needed, data downloaded, and travel plans made. The ES IBA Committee Chair participates in teleconferences with other section and region chairs, prepares a budget for the section competition, orders medals, prepares sponsor posters, prints nametags and certificates for the participants, schedules the team presentations to fit with travel schedules, arranges for team photographs, and works with the venue to ensure that all arrangements are made for the competition.

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