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UH IBA team won the Gulf Coast AAPG section in April 2017: Delaney Robinson (PhD), Walter Reed (MS), Eric Lunn (PhD, team captain), Andrew Steier (MS), and Leiser Silva (MS). Eric Lunn and Andrew Steier are both CBTH-supported grad students. This team went on to win the IBA world championship at the AAPG Annual Meeting in Houston two weeks later.

UH IBA team won the Gulf Coast AAPG section in April 2017: Delaney Robinson (PhD), Walter Reed (MS), Eric Lunn (PhD, team captain), Andrew Steier (MS), and Leiser Silva (MS). Eric Lunn and Andrew Steier are both CBTH-supported grad students. This team went on to win the IBA world championship at the AAPG Annual Meeting in Houston two weeks later.



  • 2018 - UH EAS AAPG Wildcatters, Top AAPG Student Chapter, AAPG 2018 Annual Meeting
  • 2018 - Jack Kenning, PhD Candidate: 4th Place, AAPG 2018 Annual Meeting Student Poster Competition
  • 2018 - Lucia Torrado, Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate Work in Geology, UH Student Research Day
  • 2018 - Jack Kenning, Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate Work in Geology, UH Student Research Day
  • 2018 - Jack Kenning, 1st Place Oral Presentation, MS/PhD First Year Category (Session 1), UH Student Research Day
  • 2018 - Omar Zavala, 3rd Place Poster Presentation, Undergraduate category, UH Research Day
  • 2018 - University of Stavanger Imperial Barrel Award Team (team advisor: Alejandro Escalona): 2nd Place; European Imperial Barrel Award Regional Competition
  • 2017 - Pin Lin, PhD candidate, 2nd place Gordon I. Atwater poster award, Annual Gulf Coast Assoc. Geological Societies
  • 2017 - Kyle Reuber, PhD candidate, Top 10 oral presentation, 2017 AAPG annual meeting
  • 2017 - Shenelle Gomez, PhD candidate, 1st place, Sheriff student poster competition (graduate student category)
  • 2017 - Kyle Reuber (with poster presentation co-authors), AAPG Jules Braunstein Memorial Award for best poster session presentation at the AAPG annual meeting.
  • 2017 - Paul Mann (with co-editor Claudio Bartolini), AAPG Robert H. Dott, Sr., Memorial Award for AAPG Memoir 108: "Petroleum Geology and Potential of the Colombian Caribbean Margin” published in 2015.
  • 2017 - Beatrice Serrano-Suarez, 3rd Place Poster Presentation, MS/PhD First Year Category, UH Student Research Day
  • 2017 - Eric Lunn, Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate Work in Geology, EAS Department Excellence Fund
  • 2017 - Lucia Torrado, PhD Candidate: 1st Place, AAPG 2017 Annual Meeting Student Poster Competition
  • 2017 - Eric Lunn, PhD candidate and Team Captain, Andrew Steier, team member, UH Imperial Barrel Award Team (team co-advisor: Paul Mann): 1st Place; Gulf Coast Imperial Barrel Award Regional Competition
  • 2017 - Emily Stibbe, undergraduate, Honorable mention student poster competition, Industry-Rice Earth Science Symposia (IRESS), Rice University
  • 2017 – Sabrina Martinez, undergraduate, selected for Lunar and Planetary Institute summer intern program, Houston
  • 2016 - Andrew Steier, MS student, selected for ExxonMobil Bighorn Basin Field Course, July 2017
  • 2016 – Shenelle Gomez, undergraduate, Best oral presentation, Tier 1 category (Advanced PhD), Tectonics seminar, spring semester, 2016
  • 2016 – Andrew Steier, MS student, Best oral presentation, Tier 2 category (Advanced MS, beginning PhD), Tectonics seminar, spring semester, 2016
  • 2016 – Sabrina Martinez, undergraduate, Best oral presentation, Tier 3 category (Undergraduate), Tectonics seminar, spring semester, 2016.
  • 2016 - Joan Blanco (PhD candidate), Third place (with UH team member Alexandre Silva), SEG Challenge Bowl World Finals, SEG annual meeting, Dallas, October 17, 2016
  • 2016 - Andrew Steier, MS candidate, 1st place student poster competition, 15th Houston Geological Society/Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain, Africa 2016 Conference
  • 2016 - Rasheed Ajala, undergraduate, 2nd place student poster competition, 15th Houston Geological Society/Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain, Africa 2016 Conference
  • 2016 - Kyle Reuber, PhD candidate, 3rd place student poster competition, 15th Houston Geological Society/Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain, Africa 2016 Conference
  • 2016 - Rasheed Ajala, Undergrad, Tectonophysics travel grant, American Geophysical Union, Fall meeting
  • 2016 - Eric Lunn, PhD candidate, Houston Endowment Recruitment Fellowship
  • 2016 - Rasheed Ajala, Undergrad: Mack Gipson Scholarship Award, National Association of Black Geologists
  • 2016 - Shenelle Gomez, PhD Candidate: 2nd Place, AAPG 2016 Annual Meeting Student Poster Competition
  • 2016 - Luis Carlos Carvajal, PhD Candidate: 3rd Place, AAPG 2016 Annual Meeting Student Poster Competition
  • 2016 - Rasheed Ajala, Undergrad, Anadarko/SEG Scholarship, Fall 2016-Spring 2017
  • 2016 - Sabrina Martinez, Undergrad, Marathon Oil Geosciences Scholarship, Fall 2016-Spring 2017
  • 2016 - Rasheed Ajala, Undergrad, UH Provost’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship (PURS) for fall semester, 2016
  • 2016 - Pin Lin, PhD Candidate: AAPG Foundation 2016 Grant-In-Aid
  • 2016 - Pin Lin, Marathon Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate Work in Geology
  • 2016 - Lucia Torrado, Marathon Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate Work in Geology
  • 2016 - Sabrina Martinez, undergrad, UH Geology Field Camp Scholarship (Shell)
  • 2016 - Callum Byers, Undergrad, UH Geology Field Camp Scholarship (Shell)
  • 2016 - Rasheed Ajala, Undergrad, UH Geophysics Field Camp Scholarship (Leslie and Alan Wong)
  • 2016 - Andrew Steier, Undergrad, John O’Leary Outstanding Junior (Chevron)
  • 2016 - Matthew Copley, Undergrad, Honorable Mention Undergraduate Category, UH Student Research Day
  • 2016 - Andrew Steier, Undergrad, Honorable Mention Undergraduate Category, UH Student Research Day
  • 2016 - David Lankford-Bravo, Undergrad, Honorable Mention, Undergraduate Category, UH Student Research Day
  • 2016 - Pin Lin, 2nd Place Poster Presentation, MS/PhD First Year Category, UH Student Research Day
  • 2016 - Kyle Reuber, 3rd Place Poster Presentation, PhD Advanced Category, UH Student Research Day
  • 2016 - Shenelle Gomez, PhD candidate and Team Captain, UH Imperial Barrel Award Team (team co-advisor: Paul Mann): 2nd Place; Gulf Coast Imperial Barrel Award Regional Competition
  • 2015 - Sabrina Martinez, undergrad, selected for ExxonMobil Guadalupe Mountains Field Course, April 2016
  • 2015 - Derek Scott, undergrad, undergraduate thesis approved and graduated with honors, December 2015
  • 2015 - Sabrina Martinez, undergrad, UH Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
  • 2015 - Luis Carlos Carvajal, PhD candidate, 1st place, Best oral presentation, fall tectonics seminar
  • 2015 – Callum Byers, undergraduate, 1st place, Tier 1 category (undergraduates), Houston Geological Society and University of Houston Robert E. Sheriff lecture series and student poster competition
  • 2015 – Zachary Martindale, PhD student, 1st place, Tier 2 category (advanced MS/beginning PhD), Houston Geological Society and University of Houston Robert E. Sheriff lecture series and student poster competition
  • 2015 - Andrew Steier BS Candidate: Outstanding Poster Award, Student Poster Competition, UH Undergraduate Research Day
  • 2015 - Luis Carlos Carvajal, PhD Candidate: 3rd Place (tie), Annual Gulf Coast Assoc. Geological Societies, Student Poster Competition
  • 2015 - Steve Leslie, PhD Candidate: 2nd Place, AAPG 2015 Annual Meeting Student Poster Competition
  • 2015 - Joan Blanco, PhD candidate, BP Scholar for Outstanding Graduate Work in Geosciences 1st place, Sheriff student poster competition (undergrads and first year MS category)
  • 2015 - David Lankford-Bravo, undergrad, UH Geology Field Camp Scholarship
  • 2015 - Sarah Daily, undergrad, UH Geology Field Camp Scholarship
  • 2015 - Derek Scott, undergrad, UH Geology Field Camp Scholarship
  • 2015 - Sabrina Martinez, undergrad, UH Academic Excellence Scholarship in Geoscience
  • 2015 - Derek Scott, First place, UH Research Day, Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation
  • 2015 - Sarah Dailey, Second place, UH Research Day, Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation
  • 2015 - David Lankford-Bravo, Honorable mention, UH Research Day, Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation
  • 2015 - Lucia Torrado, Honorable mention (tie), UH Research Day, Beginning Graduate Student Poster Presentation
  • 2015 - Patrick Loureiro, Honorable mention (tie), UH Research Day, Beginning Graduate Student Poster Presentation
  • 2015 – Derek Scott, undergrad, 1st place, Best oral presentation, spring tectonics seminar
  • 2015 – Lucia Torrado, PhD candidate, 3rd place, Best oral presentation, spring tectonics seminar
  • 2014 - Shenelle Gomez, PhD candidate, 1st place, Sheriff student poster competition (undergrads and first year MS category)
  • 2014 - Shenelle Gomez, PhD candidate, University of Houston Presidential Cullen and Stella Ehrhardt Fellowship (2015-16)
  • 2014 - Patrick Loureiro, PhD candidate, 1st place student poster competition, 13th Houston Geological Society/Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain, Africa 2014 Conference
  • 2014 - Naila Dowla, PhD candidate, 2nd place student poster competition, 13th Houston Geological Society/Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain, Africa 2014 Conference
  • 2014 - Derek Scott, undergraduate, 3rd place student poster competition, 13th Houston Geological Society/Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain, Africa 2014 Conference
  • 2014 - Tricia Alvarez, PhD candidate, 3rd place student oral presentation, AAPG ACE Meeting
  • 2014 – Luis Carlos Carvajal, PhD candidate, 2nd place poster competition, UH research day.
  • 2014 – Patrick Loureiro, MS candidate, 2nd place poster competition, UH research day
  • 2014 – Ian Ambrosius, undergraduate, J. Brian Eby Outstanding Senior Award
  • 2014 - Ian Ambrosius, undergraduate, Jane Bartush Geology Field Camp Scholarship
  • 2014 – Joan Blanco, Milton B. Dobrin Scholarship for Outstanding Student in Geophysics
  • 2014 – Bryan Ott, Hess Corporation Scholarship for Outstanding Student in Geology
  • 2014 – Marie de los Santos, undergraduate, L. Austin Weeks AAPG undergraduate award
  • 2014 – Marie de los Santos, undergraduate, 1st place, Tier 1 category (undergraduates), Houston Geological Society and University of Houston Robert E. Sheriff lecture series and student poster competition
  • 2014 – Javier Sanchez, PhD candidate, 1st place, Best oral presentation, spring tectonics seminar
  • 2014 – Kyle Reuber, PhD candidate, 2nd place, Best oral presentation, spring tectonics seminar
  • 2014 – Stephen Leslie, PhD candidate, 3rd place, Best oral presentation, spring tectonics seminar
  • 2014 - Bryan Ott, PhD Candidate: 3rd Place, AAPG 2014 Annual Meeting Student Poster Competition
  • 2014 - Javier Sanchez, PhD Candidate: 4th Place, AAPG 2014 Annual Meeting Student Poster Competition
  • 2014 - Carolina Mejia, MS Candidate: AAPG Foundation 2014 Grant-In-Aid
  • 2014 - University of Houston Imperial Barrel Award Team (co-advisor: Paul Mann): 3rd Place; Gulf Coast Imperial Barrel Award Regional Competition: http://iba.aapg.org/section_gulfcoast.cfm
  • 2014 - Joan Blanco (PhD candidate), Second place (with UH team member Azie Aziz), SEG Gulf Coast regional challenge bowl competition, March 11, 2014.
  • 2014 - Marie de los Santos, undergraduate, Houston Geological Society Outstanding Student Award
  • 2014 - Bryan Ott, PhD Candidate: 3rd Place (tie), GCSSEPM Poster Contest
  • 2014 - Karilys Castillo, MS Candidate: 3rd Place (tie), GCSSEPM Poster Contest
  • 2014 - Marie de los Santos, Undergrad: Honorable Mention, GCSSEPM Poster Contest
  • 2013 - Karilys Castillo, MS Candidate: Top Ten Poster Award, AAPG ICE Meeting, Cartagena, Colombia
  • 2013 - Lucia Torrado, MS Candidate: Top Ten Poster Award, AAPG ICE Meeting, Cartagena, Colombia
  • 2013 - Bryan Ott, PhD Candidate: 1st Place, AAPG 2013 Annual Meeting Student Poster Competition
  • 2013 - Luis Carlos Carvajal, MS Candidate: 2nd Place, AAPG 2013 Annual Meeting Student Poster Competition
  • 2013 - Lucia Torrado, MS Candidate: 3rd Place, AAPG 2013 Annual Meeting Student Poster Competition
  • 2013 - Johnathon Osmond, undergraduate, Houston Geological Society Outstanding Student Award
  • 2013 - Kyle Reuber, PhD Candidate, and the UH Imperial Barrel Award Team (co-advisor: Paul Mann): 3rd Place; Gulf Coast Imperial Barrel Award Regional Competition http://www.geosc.uh.edu/news-events/stories/2013/0424_aapgAward.php
  • 2013 – Rocio Bernal, PhD candidate, 1st place poster competition, UH research day; Bryan Ott, 2nd place poster competition, UH research day.
  • 2012 – Rocio Bernal, PhD candidate, 1st place, Tier 3 category (advanced graduate students), Houston Geological Society and University of Houston Robert E. Sheriff lecture series and student poster competition
  • 2012 - Javier Sanchez, PhD Candidate: 1st Place, Post-Graduate Category; Midland Valley's 2012 Student Structural Competition
  • 2012 - Bryan Ott, MS Candidate, and the UH Imperial Barrel Award Team (co-advisor: Paul Mann): 3rd Place; Gulf Coast Imperial Barrel Award Regional Competition: http://www.geosc.uh.edu/news-events/stories/2012/0403_ibaCompetition.php
  • June 2011 - CBTH Project Moves from UT Austin to University of Houston
  • 2011- Henry Campos, MS Graduate: 1st Place, AAPG 2011 Annual Meeting Student Poster Competition
  • 2011 - Rocio Bernal, PhD Candidate: 3rd Place, AAPG 2011 Annual Meeting Student Poster Competition
  • 2010 - Paul Mann: Circle of Excellence Award, UT Institute for Geophysics
  • 2009 - Tricia Alvarez, PhD Candidate: 3rd Place, AAPG 2009 Annual Meeting Student Poster Competition
  • 2008 - David Contreras, MS Graduate: 1st Place, AAPG 2008 Annual Meeting Student Poster Competition
  • 2008 - Alejandro Escalona, Principal Investigator: J.C. "Cam" Sproule Award for young authors on petroleum geology, AAPG
  • 2008 - Xiangyun Jiang, Postdoctoral Researcher: Award of Excellence, "Top 10" Presentation, AAPG 2008 Annual Meeting
  • 2008 - Paul Mann, Principal Investigator: Outstanding Research Award, University of Texas Austin
  • 2008 - Paul Mann, Principal Investigator: Leiv Eiriksson fellowship, Norwegian Research Council
  • 2006 - Paul Mann, Principal Investigator: Joseph C. Walter Excellence Award, University of Texas at Austin


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