Regional Qualifier of Students Industry Related Game PetroBowl

Posted on 05 February 2015

RQs will take place alongside conferences or workshops that offer extra educational value to students who travel to compete in the qualifiers. The six regional qualifier contests in 2015 will take place within the SPE Super Regions, and therefore will include the entire student membership globally:

- Africa
- Asia Pacific
- Europe
- Middle East
- North America
- South America & Caribbean

Full dates and locations for the 2015 Regional Qualifiers can be found at:

Students from Russian and Caspian universities refer to Europe and may take part in RQ that will be held in London on 17 March 2015.

Registration Deadline – 17 February 2015

How to Enter

In order to participate in your Regional Qualifier:

• You must be an SPE member in good standing at the time of application.
• You must be enrolled at the Chapter university as a student studying towards a degree.
• Form a team with your fellow students of the SPE Student Chapter to represent your Student Chapter in the contest. There can only be one team per SPE Student Chapter.
• Current Sanction Laws apply to the PetroBowl Program. If you are unsure of your eligibility to participate as a result of the sanctions, please email*.
• Take a look at the guidance notes in the registration form as to the team make-up and registration instructions.
• Read through the Rules and Regulations document (coming soon), which outlines the format of the contest and rules that all participants must abide by.
• Return your team's registration form for the Regional Qualifier by the deadline given to along with a logo of your team's Chapter.

The top two winning teams of the Regional Qualifier contests will receive a sponsored trip to ATCE (travel and accommodation) to compete in the Championship.

PetroBowl – the background

The PetroBowl program was developed by the SPE Gulf Coast Section. The game pitches petroleum engineering university teams against each other in a series of quick-fire rounds, answering technical and non-technical industry related questions.
In 2001, the PetroBowl competition became a feature of ATCE. Teams from SPE Chapters all over the world could apply online for a place in the contest.

The format of the contest

The contest begins with the lower-bracket teams in preliminary rounds, led by the Moderator who is the question master. As the winning teams progress through the game, the rounds whittle down.
Each round consists of toss-up questions which either team may buzz in to answer. The individual team member who buzzes in must answer the question without conferring with their team. If they get it wrong, the other team has a chance to answer the question, also with no conferring.
More information about PetroBowl you will find on

* Students from Russian and Caspian universities are authorized to participate.