Invitation Extended to Attend AAPG/SEG Spring Student Expo
Energy Industry companies and college students studying in geosciences disciplines are invited to participate in the 4th annual AAPG/SEG Spring Student Expo, which will be will be held at the Sarkeys Energy Center on the University of Oklahoma main campus in Norman, Oklahoma, on April 22-24. This years Spring Student Expo has been scheduled to correspond with the end of the AAPG Annual Convention in Dallas, Texas (Norman is a mere three hours north of Dallas).
This years Spring Expo will again feature formal interviews with energy industry company representatives; a scientific poster contest for students; energy industry company exhibits; numerous opportunities for energy industry company representatives to network; and two mini-courses and a field trip.
At the Spring Expo Icebreaker reception Kathy Sokolic, student at University of Oklahoma, spoke with AAPG 2003-04 President Dan Smith (middle) and Bob Stewart from ExxonMobil.
This event provides an additional opportunity for employers from small to mid-size companies to interview potential summer interns, part-time, or full-time employees. Also, larger companies who formally recruit on campuses each Fall are offered an additional opportunity to recruit future potential employees. Energy-related organizations and companies will also have the opportunity to host exhibit booths and network with students. Several students received offers for internships and full-time positions as a direct result of participating in the Expo.
Teresa Fairbrook, Human Resources Supervisor for Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc., felt her companys time at this years Spring Student Expo in Norman was well-spent:
Several students also let the Spring Student Expo planning committee know what they thought of their experiences at the Expo. Southern Illinois University student Karyn Kasprzak:
Iowa State University student Dan Tschopp said: "The Expo was an excellent opportunity to get a foot in the door. It was well worth the drive!"
Marco Vignali, University of Oklahoma, accepts his award of $500 for Geophysics Poster First Place, from Head Spring Expo Judge David Campbell.
The 2004 Spring Student Expo will again provide an opportunity for students to showcase their work in poster format via the Scientific Poster Contest. This year, two sets of cash prizes will be awarded to the top three "geology" posters and the top three "geophysics" posters. The three levels of prizes are: First Place, $500.00; Second Place, $250.00; and Third Place, $100.00.
The Spring Expo planning committee anticipates an even larger number of students in 2004. Located at the geographic crossroads of the United States, OU is an ideal place to hold an Expo designed to serve students around the country. These students are diverse, represent many schools, and are motivated to invest their own time and effort to attend. An added bonus is that the Spring Expo will be held immediately following the AAPG Annual Meeting in Dallas.
Company personnel will be provided with student resumés and abstract books in early April so that they may set up tentative interview schedules for April 24th. Details of the formal interview process will be provided along with the books. Company personnel will be able to informally talk with students during an icebreaker the evening of April 23rd, as well as during the poster session and more formal onsite pre-scheduled 30-minute interviews on April 24th. The culmination of the expo will be the Awards Reception from 4:30-7:30pm on Saturday, April 24th, with guest speaker to be announced.
Be a Sponsor
The Expo is also accepting large sponsorship for lunches, the ice breaker reception, dinner, and poster contest awards (all meals on April 23rd and 24th are provided free of charge to the students). Sponsorships will be posted at the Expo and on the Expo website, as well as in acknowledgements in follow-up articles in trade publications.
Two pre-Expo mini courses and one field trip will also be offered to student and company expo participants:
Students and company representatives listen with interest to Jim Chaplin, Oklahoma Geological Survey, during one of the field trips in the Arbuckle Mountains.
All three of these events were well-attended in 2003 and received many favorable comments from student participants:
The Expo is being hosted by the University of Oklahoma Sarkeys Energy Center, the School of Geology and Geophysics, and the Oklahoma Geological Survey. A tax-deductible financial donation is required of organizations wishing to interview and/or host an exhibit (see levels in the informational brochure available upon request by contacting Sue Crites at 405/325-8971 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Registration for students and companies, as well as student poster abstracts, are all due by March 30th.