Networking and Student Opportunities

Student Opportunities:

Student Industry Field Trip (SIFT)

The CSPG hosts the 2 week Student Industry Field Trip each year in May (exact dates TBA), allowing undergraduate students the opportunity to foray into the oil and gas industry. This event is an excellent chance for students to network with industry professionals and other students from across Canada.

You must be nominated by the department for this opportunity. To be considered, applicants need to submit a cover letter (500 words or less) indicating why they should be selected for SIFT, an updated resume, and an unofficial transcript including most recent grades. Please send completed applications to Dr. Burns Cheadle.


Challenge Bowl

The Challenge Bowl is a geoscience quiz game in which undergraduate and graduate students compete in teams of 2. Teams answer multiple choice and short answer questions about the SEG and topics within the geosciences.

The CSEG hosts the Canadian segment of the SEG Challenge Bowl at GeoConvention each year. The winning team will travel to the SEG Annual Meeting (expenses paid) to compete against the other top teams from around the world.

We would like to try to get a team together for GeoConvention 2016. If you are interested, let us know!


Geophysical Industry Field Trip (GIFT)

The CSEG hosts a 3 day event (Calgary and Canmore, Alberta) to give undergraduate geoscience students an opportunity to foray into professional geophysics. This event is an excellent chance for students to network with industry professionals and other students from across Canada.

The cost is $150 and applications are treated on a first come, first served basis. 2016 dates are currently TBA, and the application has yet to be updated. Check their website frequently to make sure you don’t miss out.


Imperial Barrel Award (IBA)

The Imperial Barrel Award is a competition which gives students from across the world a chance to get first-hand experience facing the real world challenges of oil and gas exploration. Teams consist of up to 5 members – students who are enrolled full time in graduate studies at their university (exceptions for undergraduates can be made), have never competed in IBA before, and have less than a year of industry experience (a more extensive list of regulations can be found here).

Each team within a section is given the same data set (which is released on a pre-determined date), and is required to process, interpret, and present their findings in Calgary to a panel of judges. While this experience is truly rewarding, it is a significant commitment. Teams only have ~2 months to complete this project, so members must be very dedicated and be willing to put forth a significant amount of their time.

At UWO, a team is typically organized every odd-numbered year. If you have interest in being a part of the 2017 team, please let us know and we can pass your name along. Until then, everything you need to know about the competition can be found here.


Linkedin is a business oriented social networking site. It provides an outlet for

professionals and even students to network and create important business relationships.

Students are encouraged to create their own online profiles. Registration is quick and easy and it will allow students to build their own contact network. The connections made through Linkedin can be used to find jobs, follow companies, view employer profiles, and even connect with old classmates.

Click here for a brief introduction to Linkedin.

Example of Linkedin profile: our Faculty Sponsor Dr. Burns Cheadle


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