Student Paper Contest

The objective of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering Student Paper Contest is to assist students in developing proficiency in the presentation of technical or research projects in both oral and visual form.

This year the contest was held on Saturday, January 27, 2018. 

Session winners (pdf)

Our run-off competition will be held Saturday, February 3, 2018 to determine division winners.

Sponsor information

2018 sponsors

If you are interested in sponsoring the contest, contact Kathy Beladi at

Sponsorship Levels                                                 

  • Diamond - $10,000
  • Platinum - $5,000-$9,999
  • Gold - $2,500-$4,999
  • Silver - $1,000-$2,499
  • Bronze - $25-$999

Sponsorship money is used for:

  • student financial grants
  • costs associated with running the contest (i.e., food, equipment, paper supplies, travel, etc.)

Judge information

If you wish to judge a contest, read the qualifications below. We will post a sign up link a few months prior to the contest. Feel free to share this information with others in your company!

  • We need approximately 130 Undergraduate level, 25 MS level and 25 PhD level judges.
  • Judges must hold at least a BS degree to judge the Undergraduate level, an MS degree to judge the MS level, and a PhD degree to judge the PhD level.
  • Judges may be from other engineering disciplines (or a closely related field) and need not be a Texas A&M former student.
  • The contest is an ALL DAY event beginning at 8:00 AM with a 30-40-minute orientation session and lasting until approximately 5:00 PM.
  • Student presentations will begin at 9:00 AM.
  • We provide a continental breakfast and a lunch.
  • We will host an awards ceremony following the conclusion of the contest (place TBD). All judges, moderators and students are invited to attend.

Student information

If you are a student with questions about the contest requirements, please talk to your advisor.