Team makeup
1. Teams should be composed of Master level students. No team may have more than two PhD students on their team.
2. Students must have full-time enrollment status in the school participating in the AAPG IBA program. Students should have no more than one year cumulative professional petroleum exploration experience.
3. There must be no fewer than 4 and no more than 5 team members per team. All team members must be present at the local and global competitions for the team to be eligible to compete. Special circumstances must be cleared 2 weeks prior to the competition date with the local or global committees respectively. Teams may not change team members between the local and global competitions.
4. All students on the team must speak equally during the presentation. The de-facto language of the presentations in the Region, Section, and Finals competition shall be English. AAPG is not responsible for supplying or paying for an interpreter for any competition.
5. No student shall be allowed to compete in the IBA more than once. Previous experience would give that student's team an edge during competition and would deprive an inexperienced student of having the chance to participate

Team must demonstrate:

  • Evidence of rigorous and creative technical evaluations,
  • The ability to work to a strict deadline,
  • The ability to work effectively within a team
  • The ability to make decisions based on incomplete or inadequate data, and
  • The ability to give lucid oral presentations to a panel of senior industry experts.