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WKU geology team advances to international finals in Imperial Barrel Award contest

A team of WKU geology students won the 2017 Eastern Regional in the prestigious Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) program and is one of 12 universities that advanced to the international finals April 1 in Houston.

WKU geology students won the regional event in the Imperial Barrel Award and advanced to the international finals. From left to right: Matt Boudreaux, Shelby Bowden, Dr. Royhan Gani, Matthew Bentley, Michael Arthur, and Jesse Boling.

WKU geology students won the 2017 Eastern Regional in the Imperial Barrel Award and advanced to the international finals. From left to right: Matt Boudreaux, Shelby Bowden, Dr. Royhan Gani, Matthew Bentley, Michael Arthur and Jesse Boling.

The event, organized by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, is an annual global competition to advance the science of geology by analyzing various types of subsurface data to evaluate energy (non-renewable) resources. More than 100 universities from around the world participated this year in the IBA program.

Other competitors in the regional event March 17-18 in Pittsburgh included the University of Kentucky, University of Georgia, University of Wisconsin-Madison and West Virginia University.

The team members are Michael Arthur, a geoscience graduate student from Missoula, Montana; Matthew Bentley, a geoscience graduate student from Garrett; Jesse Boling, an undergraduate geology student from Owensboro; Matt Boudreaux, a geoscience graduate student from Morehead; and Shelby Bowden, a geoscience graduate student from Greenville, South Carolina. The faculty adviser is Dr. Royhan Gani, Associate Professor of Geology in the Department of Geography and Geology. The team is mentored by Toby Roesler of Stone Energy.

Read more about the team’s win from Ogden College of Science and Engineering

Contact: Royhan Gani, royhan.gani@wku.edu

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