Colorado School of Mines earns third place at IBA competition

The competition is a prospective basin evaluation for graduate students in the geoscience field worldwide. | File photo

A five-person team from the Colorado School of Mines recently earned third place at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) International Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) competition. 

The competition is a prospective basin evaluation for graduate students in the geoscience field worldwide.

Teams participating in the IBA competition consisted of students from 250 universities from more than 50 countries with one winner from every 12 AAPG regional section selected to compete in the international competition. For their third-place finish, Mines received the Stoneley Medal and $5,000 in scholarship funds.

"With all of the excellent scientists participating at the international level, winning the Stoneley Medal was a great recognition, and we are proud to help continue the tradition of excellence here at Mines," Mines team member Michael Harty said.

"The IBA competition offers such a great experience. I recommend it to any geology, geophysics or petroleum engineering student looking for a hands-on experience," Mines Matt Bauer said. "Our team evaluated a real dataset and presented our findings to a panel of worldwide industry experts. We feel lucky to utilize the excellent technical and applied instruction that Mines provides — it definitely helped us stand apart from the competition."

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