SEG/ExxonMobil Student Education Program

SEP is sponsored by ExxonMobil and staffed with leading professional geoscientists who act as instructors and facilitators through two and a half days of lectures and discussion followed by practical, hands-on exercises.


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The SEG/ExxonMobil Student Education Program (SEP) is a 2 - 2½ day short course that prepares college students for the challenges of an oil industry career. The program includes lectures and exercises directly related to geoscience/geophysical work performed in the oil industry. ExxonMobil provides course materials, team exercises and instructors. Travel grants will cover the expenses for travel, lodging, and registration to SEG's Annual Meeting.

The Student Education Program is cancelled for 2021.

Applicant eligibility

  1. The applicant must be pursuing a master's or doctorate degree in the geosciences. (Consideration will be given to undergraduates in their fourth year of study.)
  2. The applicant must have above average grades and have three years of transcripts.
  3. The applicant must be a current student at the time of the SEG Annual Meeting.
  4. The applicant must not have participated in a previous SEP
  5. The applicant must be in compliance with the SEG Student and Early Career/OFAC and policies and procedures

Preference will be given first to applicants eligible to work in the United States.

Geographic eligibility

SEG Annual Meeting
All students, regardless of citizenship or location, will be eligible to apply to the SEP held in conjunction with the SEG Annual Meeting. The SEP and SEG Annual Meeting take place 26 September - 1 October, Denver, Colorado, USA.

How to apply

Applications open 1 January and close 31 March.

All applicants will be required to submit the following documentation at

  1. Recommendation letter in support of the applicant from a faculty advisor or an individual who is familiar with the applicant's academic achievement and potential.
  2. Academic transcripts from college level institution(s) showing three full years of academic performance. Graduate students will need to provide their undergraduate transcript.
  3. Four essay questions, 100-300 words each, explaining the applicant's motivation for pursuing the opportunity and their qualifications and preparation for the program.

Submitting plagiarized or falsified information at the time of admission is grounds for rejection of the application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, cancellation of enrollment, dismissal or other appropriate disciplinary action.

Contact [email protected] for more information about applicant requirements and guidelines.

Sponsored by ExxonMobil

Sponsored by ExxonMobil

Application video guide

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