Regional Paper Contest

Student members are invited to show their technical expertise by presenting original work to a panel of judges. The top students from each degree level and region are invited to present at an international stage and be published in OnePetro®.

SPE KSA coordinates 2018 regional student paper contests in MENA at the undergraduate, master’s, and PhD level. Students compete against other students in their region for the opportunity to advance to the International Student Paper Contest held during ATCE. Contestants enter an abstract of their paper and present it on the day of the competition. The papers of the winners who proceed to the International Student Paper Contest at ATCE will be published in the conference proceedings and on OnePetro.

To Enter a Regional Contest

1.Make sure you are up to date with the SPC Rules and Regulations. These are updated each year so please read through it even if you have participated in SPC before.

2.Check your current Sanction Status. As an International Program, current Sanction Laws apply to the Student Paper Contest Program. If you are unsure if you are eligible to participate as a result of the sanctions, please email or

3.Once you are confident you are eligible to participate, find your Regional Contest by checking the Upcoming Contest Schedule. If you are submitting before the contest deadline click the “Apply now” button for your region to start your application.

4.Once completed you can submit your Abstract to be reviewed by our judges. Only single-authored papers are allowed for this contest and must be based on original work. Abstracts can be up to a Maximum of 425 Words.

5.If you are successful you will be invited to present your work at the Regional Contest. The top papers from each division will then be invited to submit a full paper for publication and present their work at ATCE.

If you have missed your deadline you cannot participate in an alternate region and you need to wait until the next year to submit. Alternate regions can only be used if no contest is hosted in your region for that SPC year. As participants are judged on their presentation skills, all contestants should intend to present in person. If successful to ATCE you will not be allowed to present remotely or have someone present on your behalf in any circumstances.

If you have any questions about your division, eligibility or application please visit the link here.

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