Universities with enough qualified students and a willing faculty advisor apply to participate in the program. Universities compete at the Regional or Sectional semi-final competitions. The top team from each Region and Section competes at the Imperial Barrel Award competition at the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE).
AAPG and corporate sponsors provide funds for the Section/Region representative university teams’ (five students and one faculty advisor) transportation, housing, and convention registration at the Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE). Note that meals outside of those provided during the contest and other expenses (taxis, toothbrushes, etc.) are NOT covered by the AAPG or corporate sponsors.
The following awards are given to the winning teams during the Student Reception: