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SQU Teams Bring Home Accolades


A group of students from the Department of Earth Sciences, College of Science, and the Petroleum Engineering Department of the College of Engineering at Sultan Qaboos University brought home accolades by winning first positions of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Imperial Barrel Award (IBA), and Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Middle East Challenge Bowl Competition held in Al Ain, UAE from Feb 26 to March 1st,2017.

The Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) is a project-based competition for geoscience students. The students work on a data set (seismic, geology, well data and literature) to identify potential hydrocarbons accumulations, and estimate their reserves. They present their results in front of panel of experts from oil industry. The winner team (SQU) will participate in the global competition of the IBA during AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, April 2-5, in Houston, USA.

Challenge Bowl is a geoscience quiz organized by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) for Earth Science students. Questions are mainly about general knowledge in geophysics and geology. The competition in its regional level is amongst the universities in Middle East and North Africa. The winning team (SQU) will participate in the final round of the competition to be held in
SEG Annual Convention and Exhibition, April 2-5, in Houston, USA.

In addition to the above achievements, SQU students also secured six awards for best oral presentation and best poster categories. Following is the list of winners from SQU.

IBA Winning Team; Faisal Al-Shukaili, Samah Al-Rawahi, Shatha Al-Issaei, and Moosa Al-Harthi (College of Engineering).
SEG Challenge Bowl Competition Winning Team: Ahmed Al Nabhany and Israa Al Hinai.
Oral presentation (EAGE): Rufida Al Jabri (1st place)
Poster session: Israa Al Hinai and Shatha Al-Issaei (1st place), Amna Al-Diari (2nd place) and Mooza Al-Shidi and Jenan Ahmed Attar (3rd place)