SPE fully understands the needs of the oil and gas industry for a younger generation.

Through local student chapters and international programs, SPE serves more than 73,000 student members globally, offering many resources and opportunities for students to expand their knowledge and enhance their skills.

By participating in SPE programs, you will learn a lot of new information about cutting-edge technology, participate in technical discussions, and meet many interesting people, industry experts and potential employers. All these opportunities will help you in the future to start and build a successful career in the oil and gas industry, no matter what direction you choose for yourself.

Student Member Benefits

The PetroBowl contest is SPE’s largest student competition. SPE Chapters from around the world participate in this quick-fire quiz. Teams participate in Regional Qualifiers for a chance to attend the international championship games at SPE’s Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition.

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 as well as publication in OnePetro®.

The Ambassador Lecturer Program (ALP) educates, informs, and develops the industry’s future engineers. Young professionals visit Chapters, universities and schools in their region to disseminate E&P industry information, answer questions, and share their experiences.

Through eMentoring, Student Members can connect and learn industry insights while gaining practical career advice from young and experienced professionals.

The Career Pathways Fair gives you a chance to meet with specialists from multiple disciplines for quick fire mentoring and gain insight into possible career paths.

Drillbotics® is an international competition for university students requiring hands-on experience by petroleum, mechanical, electrical, and control engineers who must build and operate a lab-scale working drilling rig.

Receive discounts on education materials, manuals, and other SPE publications, including special rates for SPE technical publications on OnePetro®, the largest digital library in the oil and gas industry.

SPE Connect is the global online forum is for members to discuss technical and non-technical topics. Ask about upcoming events, technical advice, and industry updates, or simply form friendships with like-minded members around the world.

SPE offers scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees related to the oil and gas industry. International recipients are selected by an international panel of judges each year. Local Section-sponsored scholarships may also be available.

Meet industry professionals at SPE section meetings or SPE events, and network with your peers from 400+ SPE Student Chapters.

Free Year of Membership for Graduating SPE Student Members.

The SPE Student Chapters operate at the university level around the world and are supported by professional sections. Participation in your local Student Chapter gives you the opportunity to connect with peers and industry professionals and fosters useful contacts and career-building skills.

SPE Regional Student Chapters

Student membership has many benefits and is free when you sign up for the SPE Student Dues Program sponsored by Chevron.

PhD student members can access Technical Communities and Technical Sections by submitting proof of enrollment (i.e. – transcript, a letter from the registrar, etc.) and expected completion date of doctoral studies (MM/DD/YYYY). Submit your request for access to

Requirements for students

Must be enrolled in a university and carry at least 30% of a normal full-time academic load.

In addition, you must meet at least ONE of the following requirement:

  • Must have a concentration in petroleum or a related field
  • And at least one of the following:
    • Be pursuing the equivalent to bachelors or graduate degree
    • Attend a university with an SPE established Student Chapter
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