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News Release August 14, 2004
GSA Release No. 04-25
Contacts: AAPG - Mike Mlynek (1.918.560.2653,
GSA - Ann Cairns (1.303.357.1056, e-mail
SEG - Tonia Gist (918.497.5574, email
SPE - Jennifer Castenson (1.972.952.9321, e-mail

Virtual Student Expo Initiated by AAPG, GSA, SEG and SPE

RICHARDSON, Texas, U.S.A. (14 August 2004) — The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the Geological Society of America (GSA), the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) announce the Virtual Student Expo, a joint venture designed to connect students with prospective employers.

"The Virtual Student Expo was created to fill the need for young professionals in the industry," said Robbie Gries, President, Priority Oil & Gas LLC, and chair of the project. "For years now, the average age of professionals in the oil and gas industry has been rising. Young people entering the industry are in short supply and in high demand. The Virtual Student Expo will put these young professionals in contact with the companies that so desperately need them."

The Virtual Student Expo is a Web-enabled tool that matches student members of the four societies with potential employers for internships and full-time entry-level positions. The Expo allows students to post resumes, along with examples of their work, including academic assignments, technical papers and portfolios from internships. They also may post a short video to virtually present themselves to prospective employers.

"The program also allows recruiters and companies to diversify their hiring programs more efficiently and effectively," said C. Susan Howes, P.E., Engineering Recruitment & Development Supervisor, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. "By visiting the online Virtual Student Expo, employers can find candidates in remote locations or in distant countries. All pre-screening activities can be easily done at a global level through the Web site—saving time and money for employers."

Students who are members of the sponsoring professional societies utilize the Virtual Student Expo free of charge. Employers pay a small fee to access the student postings and to post job openings.

For more information, visit the Web sites of any of the four societies at,, and


About AAPG
Since its founding in 1917, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists has been a pillar of the world-wide scientific community. The original purpose of AAPG, to foster scientific research, to advance the science of geology, to promote technology, and to inspire high professional conduct, still guides the Association today. Currently the world's largest professional geological society with over 30,000 members, AAPG provides publications, conferences, and educational opportunities to geoscientists and disseminates the most current geological information available to the general public. Web site:

About GSA
The mission of the Geological Society of America (GSA) is to advance the geosciences, to enhance the professional growth of its 17,000 members, and to promote the geosciences in the service of humanity. GSA provides geoscientists from all sectors — academic, government and industry — with a vehicle for expressing core professional values of science, stewardship, and service. The Society also is a venue for establishing and maintaining professional relationships that span a lifetime.

About SEG
The Society of Exploration Geophysicists promotes the science of geophysics and the education of exploration geophysicists. The Society, founded in 1930, fosters the expert and ethical practice of geophysics in the exploration and development of natural resources, in characterizing the near-surface, and in mitigating earth hazards. Key to the promotion of applied geophysics are the publications, conferences, forums, and educational opportunities offered by the Society. SEG has more than 20,000 members working in 110 countries. Web site:

About SPE
SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) is a not-for-profit professional association whose members are engaged in energy resources development and production. SPE serves 60,000-plus members from more than 100 countries worldwide. SPE is a key resource for technical knowledge related to the oil and gas exploration and production industry and provides services through its publications, conferences, workshops, forums, and Web site at

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