AAPG Sustainable Development in Energy Competition

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AAPG Sustainable Development in Energy Competition

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Program Expectations

It is expected that the projects will cover aspects of the extraction, processing, consumption, or disposal of components of the energy chain including, but not limited to, oil, gas, solar, wind, hydroelectric, biomass, nuclear or critical energy minerals that have an impact on sustainable development objectives. Projects may be part of any academic training activity, academic research, lectures, or graduate work (thesis or degree projects). Proposals may be presented with or without support from faculty, and/or representatives of the private sector/industry. Any money awarded must be fully destined to the development of the project proposed for the competition and may cover all or part of the cost of the project. The winning projects must be capable of implementation within one year following the award.

Winners will be required to provide:

  • Three-minute video showcasing their project – due 30 days after the competition award funds are received.
  • Team photo, preferably in the field.
  • Six-month follow-up summary of how the funds benefited the project.

Mission and Goals

AAPG’s Sustainable Development in Energy Competition for students and young professionals is intended to raise awareness of the need to encourage sustainable development in energy industries. The objective is to harness the creativity of students and young professionals in developing innovative and sustainable development projects across the energy spectrum. The goal is to generate practical and achievable ideas that can be implemented to promote science and technology relevant to energy issues with a positive social, environmental, and economic impact. In addition, the competition will be an opportunity for students and young professionals to learn about sustainable development as we undergo the energy transition.

Program Eligibility

The competition is open to all undergraduate and post graduate students and young professionals with less than two years of experience in the energy sector. Proposals can be submitted by individuals or from teams of up to six members and participants are encouraged to join AAPG.

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2023 Contest Winners:

1st Place, $5,000

Team SolarStreams, Optimization of Cost-Effective Solar-Driven Interfacial Evaporation System for Sustainable Groundwater Remediation in Nsuta-Tarkwa Mining District, Ghana
Africa Region

2nd Place, $3,000

Team Aqualogists, Basalt Aquifer Recharge in Marathwada
Asia Pacific Region

3rd Place, $2,000

Julio Villarroel, Lithium Reservoir Engineering: The Jedis Against the Dark Side of the Energy Transition
Gulf Coast Section

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Project Proposal Guidelines

  • Executive Summary (1 page)
  • Project Description (5 pages max)
    • General description of the area in which the project will be implemented and the population that will be impacted.
    • Technical description of the project including a full description of the contribution to sustainable development goals (SDG).
  • Timeline and Budget (including details of any additional funding obtained or sought).

Award Schedule

First Place $5,000
Second Place $3,000
Third Place $2,000
Special recognition for projects with high scores

Each awardee will be required to sign an “Intended Use of Funds” form prior to receiving any award.


Evaluation Criteria (100 Points)

Originality (25 pts)

Innovation & Impact (20 Points): how innovative the proposal is, either by presenting initiatives that are different from traditional approaches or by implementing traditional measures having a greater impact than those generated previously.

Multidisciplinary Focus (5 Points): the extent to which the project involves different professional and/or technical fields.

Sustainability (50 pts)

Relevance (15 Points): the project relates to the sustainable development goals (SDG) and considers the environmental, social, and economic needs and realities of the area where it will be implemented, as well as the participants in the project.

Social Contribution (10 Points): the positive impact that the project has on the social development of the communities in the project's area of influence, on the applicant’s academic community, and/or on the organization that may apply the proposed project.

Environmental Contribution (10 Points): the positive impact the project has on the environmental development of the project's area of influence.

Economic Contribution (10 Points): the positive impact that the project has on the economic development of the communities in the area of influence of the project, and/or on the organizations that may apply the proposed project.

Integration (5 Points): the level of integration proposed by the project, contributing to the three components of sustainable development (environmental, social, and economic) together with a multidisciplinary focus.

Applicability (25 pts)

Methods/Timeline (15 Points): the possibility of applying the proposed project considering the methods and schedule presented.

Budget (10 Points): the possibility of applying the proposed project considering the budget presented.