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How It Works

Universities with enough qualified students and a willing faculty advisor apply to participate in the program. Universities teams then compete at the Region or Section semifinal competitions. The top team from each Region and Section will compete at the Global Finals 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: Meals outside of those provided during the Global Finals competition and other expenses (taxis, toiletries, toll fees, etc.) are NOT covered by the AAPG or corporate sponsors.

Competition Logistics for the Final

  • Up to six Section teams and up to six Region teams will assemble on the Friday prior to the ACE before a panel of judges. Each team will be allowed 25 minutes for their presentations.
  • Winners will be announced Sunday at the IBA awards ceremony.


The following awards will be presented to the team finalists of the Global Finals competition:

  • First: The Imperial Barrel Award (plus $20,000)
  • Second: The Selley Cup (plus $10,000)
  • Third: The Stoneley Medal (plus $5,000)
  • Honorable Mention: All remaining teams (plus $1,000 each)

Each school will be provided:

  • IBA Welcome Letter from IBA Student Support Committee
  • IBA Rules and Operating Procedures
  • Scoring Guidelines
  • IBA competition dataset and project instruction
  • The opportunity to request software that has been made available by several sponsors for teams to use in making their analysis
  • Materials specific to the local competition and Annual Convention and Exhibition