The Heriot-Watt University (HWU) American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Student Chapter aims to provide a welcoming and collegiate environment in which like-minded people can meet and discuss aspects of geoscience and the petroleum industry. We focus upon providing events which both enhance and compliment the MSc programme curriculum and also benefit research students and staff within the Institute of Petroleum Engineering. We also welcome those within the wider geoscience community and are committed to making links with the British Geological Society (BGS) and Edinburgh Geological Society. We have long-term aspirations to establish a solid connection between industry and academia by providing the opportunity for students to improve their technical skills and keep informed of developments in the oil and gas industry and other related fields through hearing from and meeting those further on in their careers who could offer advice and mentoring.
The AAPG was founded in 1917 and will celebrate its centenary in 2017. Since its inception, it has become the world's premier professional association for explorationists. The original rationale behind AAPG was to foster scientific research, to advance the science of geology, to promote technology, and to inspire high professional conduct. These aims are achieved primarily through AAPGs commitment to provision of publications, conferences, and educational opportunities to geoscientists and to dissemination of the most current geological information to the general public.
The Heriot-Watt Student Chapter
AAPG also provides the opportunity to young members through the creation of Student Chapters at Universities. The aim of the Student Chapters Program is to encourage student participation in AAPG by providing an avenue where geology students can improve their knowledge of their subject, engage in meaningful networking opportunities and connect with professionals in geological careers. The Chapter's vision for 2017 is to continue to serve the needs of students and staff aligned with IPE and to involve new postgraduates such as those attached to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)'s Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil and Gas. The aim is also to reach out to the wider School of which IPE is a component part and to the staff in the BGS, who are housed in the new Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology on campus.
The aims will be realized through an expanded series of technical lectures, courses and social events that will offer a dynamic environment for students to improve their knowledge and engage with like-minded individuals. The HWU AAPG Student Chapter has long-term aspirations to establish a solid connection between industry and academia by providing the opportunity for students to improve their technical skills, keep informed of developments in the oil and gas industry and network with those further on in their careers who could offer advice and mentoring.
- President: Rachael Hunter
- Vice President: Stavros Vrachliotis
- Seminar/Lecture Series Manager: Anastasia Polymeni
- Outreach Events Coordinator: Dr. Rachel Brackenridge
- MSc Representative: Georgios Giannatos
- Professor John Underhill (Chief Scientist / Shell Chair of Exploration Geoscience at HWU)
- Faculty Co-advisor: Dr. Rachel Jamieson (Research Associate)
- Academic Liaison: Honorary Professor Keith Gerdes
- Industry Liaison: Professor Andrew Bell (Team Leader, Global Geology Research at Shell)
Becoming a Member
By becoming a member of AAPG, you become a member of the World's largest geological society allowing for networking opportunities and connect with professionals in geological careers.
Through an expanded series of technical lectures, courses and social events the Student Chapter will enable you to expand your knowledge of the petroleum industry and engage with like-minded individuals.
How to Join
Membership for students is FREE paid for by Chevron. In order to obtain the membership of the Heriot Watt Student Chapter please follow the steps below:
- If not already a member, fill out the online application for the AAPG. If asked for a Faculty advisor use Prof. John Underhill, and ensure to tick Chevron sponsorship so it's free.
- Bring your membership number to the next Student Chapter Event to formally register with the Chapter.