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University of Southampton Imperial Barrel Award competition

A project by: Ocean and Earth Science University of Southampton


WE RAISED £4,000

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This project received pledges on Mon 15 Feb 2016

The University of Southampton's Fund for the Greatest Need provides matched funding opportunities for academic priorities focused on advancing research, enterprise and innovation.

Help us to send our student team to the European final in Prague


We want to raise £4,000 to support sending a team to the European final of the American Association of Petroleum Geophysicists Imperial Barrel Award.  This is an annual competition that attracts around 20 teams from all over Europe.  It involves teams of students applying their scientific and team-working skills to a real-world exploration scenario.  In previous years the participation of all teams has been funded by corporate sponsorship, but this year, such sponsorship has been more difficult to secure, so to guarantee participation, teams are being asked to raise some sponsorship of their own.

Who are WE?

We are a group of fourth-year undergraduate students in Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton, taking degrees in geology or geophysics.  Ocean and Earth Science will hold an internal competition between four teams of five students per team, and if sponsorship is found, the winning team will participate in the European competition.


The competition is judged by a panel of senior industry specialists.  The competition is therefore a fantastic opportunity for us to meet people that we would never normally have the opportunity to meet, to show them what we can do, and to make connections that might lead to exciting jobs after we graduate.  Your donations will therefore have a big impact on our lives. Teams from Southampton have participated in the competition every year since 2009 and have normally been ranked in the top five.  In 2011 a team from Southampton won the European final (see picture) and had the opportunity to attend the global final in the United States.  


Donations will be used to fund a team of five students and their advisor to travel to and participate in the European final, which will take place in Prague in March, and their accommodation during the competition, which is normally run over two full days.  

And, every donation to the project made by our generous supporters (up to £2,000) will be matched by alumni gifts from the University's Student Experience Fund


We are offering a range of rewards to our donors, listed on the right.  Our most generous donors will be invited to meet us at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton where we study alongside scientists exploring many weird and wonderful aspects of our planet and its oceans.

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Good luck everyone

Good luck team NOC . Now Perform in Prague.

Wish the team from SOES could achieve its goal in the Imperial Barrel Award Competetion

Good luck to the whole team!

Good luck guys - a great experience

Good luck to all of you - looking forward to my signed photograph!

Best of luck .... and skill!

Good luck!

Dear Tim and Barrel Award Students, You may well have already tried this but to ask the question rather than assume: Have you asked the PESGB if they are able to help financially? Good luck and best wishes, Alice

Good luck, represent the University well, and have fun!!

Good luck guys!

Best of luck everyone, it will be a good experience.

Good Luck!

Best of luck with the project- the IBA was extremely beneficial for my career (I got my first job because of it)- take a CV with you to Prague!

Best of luck with the project. Make sure to take a CV with you to Prague!

nice site!

I hope you guys get there. Its a great experience

Good Luck! Suzzy

Good Luck

Good luck with the effort and hop to see you in Prague. Neil

Best of luck to whichever of this year's teams get to represent us!