1. Teams should comprise Master level students as of January 1st of the competition year. No team may have more than two PhD students on their team. Two team members may be in their third academic year of graduate training, while the other team members must be in their first or second year of graduate training. No team may have undergraduate students unless circumstances dictate that an exemption to this rule is warranted (example: student status in the Middle East Region). If such a situation does occur, Regional and Section Coordinator(s) are to notify the IBA Committee Chair to secure IBA Committee permission of the undergraduate(s) to participate. In principal, the IBA Committee does not allow undergraduates to participate unless there are exceptional circumstances, as determined by the IBA Committee.
  2. There must be no fewer than four (4) and no more than five (5) team members per team. All team members must be present at the local and global competitions for the team to be eligible to compete. Special circumstances must be cleared two (2) weeks prior to the competition date with the local or global committees respectively. Teams may not change team members between the local and global competitions.
  3. Students must have full-time enrollment status of the institution participating in the AAPG IBA program. Students may have petroleum exploration experience amounting to a total of one-year’s experience in the industry and still qualify for the program.
  4. Students with more than one-year's cumulative petroleum exploration experience (via internships or as a full- time employee) are asked to declare such experience and may petition to be included in the program through the Region or Section leadership committee. That leadership committee may recommend to the IBA Committee to deny or accept the student participation in the region or section program and should forward such a recommendation to that effect to the IBA Committee. The IBA Committee has the final approval if a student is to or is not to participate in the program. Any student with more than one-year’s cumulative petroleum exploration experience who participates without the regional or section governance recommendation and/or IBA Committee approval, shall be removed from the competition and that team shall void any awards as a result of the student’s participation.
  5. The de-facto language of the program and presentations in the Region, Section, and Finals program shall be English. Students may respond to question in their native language provided that an interpreter is made available to the presentation in advance. The Region or Section shall provide expenses for translation services in a Regional or Sectional program, as they deem necessary. AAPG is not responsible for supplying or paying for an interpreter.
  6. Students shall all be required to participate equally in a twenty-five (25) minute PowerPoint presentation of their exploration project. All students must present only their own work or the work of their team members in their presentations. Students may prepare a one-page handout (two-sided allowed) to give to each judge, as an executive summary of their presentation. Students may augment their presentation in any form, so long as they are within the 25 minute time allotment.
  7. Students may only participate in the AAPG IBA program once in their education careers. There is no exception to this rule.
  8. Student’s will at all times, adhere to a professional level of behavior in dress, conduct, language and decorum. Violation of this rule may result in the student(s) involved being suspended from the competition.

See Rules and Operating Procedures Section 3 Students and Teams for further explanation.

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