STUDENT CHAPTER ACTIVITY PAGE
Welcome to our Student Chapter activity page! As our chapter continues to grow, we undertake various activities and events to help reach out to others, and also in helping to further our own knowledge and experience in our careers. Our chapter is relatively new the following is a very brief account of the past activities, and also a preview into the upcoming activities. Be sure to check out the pictures taken for these activities and many more in our Student Chapter Picture Archive.
8TH OCTOBER, 2002.
The University of the West Indies Student chapter of the AAPG carried out its first project on October 8th 2002. The aim of this project was to educate secondary school students about the Petroleum Geoscience B.Sc. program at the University, which had commenced September 2001. At least 30 secondary school from across the country were invited to attend. In addition to information about the Petroleum Geoscience program, and the industry, a career guidance aspect was also included in this activity.
The program began with the opening remarks and a brief introduction of the chapter given by Praveen Kumar. He then introduced the master of ceremonies for the morning, Clive Sirju.
Our first speaker was Professor Richard Dawe, head of Petroleum Engineering Department, UWI, St. Augustine. Prof. Dawe was mainly responsible for the commencement of the program, and is still actively involved in running the program. He gave a general background of the oil industry, followed by a detailed talk about the Petroleum Geoscience program. This included the objectives and design of the program, admission requirements, and what has been accomplished thus far.
Our next speaker was Mr. Stanley Wharton, the Student Chapter Advisor was the next speaker. Mr. Wharton is a senior geologist at British Petroleum Trinidad and Tobago (BPTT), and also an AAPG Visiting Lecturer. He gave a lecture on the oil and gas industry, on discovery, exploration, acquisition, and production.
Lastly, Mr. Mariano Carrera, a geologist at Venture Production Limited, gave a career guidance lecture to the students. He talk was brief, but was full of great advice to our students.
Samantha Singh, the chapter secretary, then gave the closing remarks and vote of thanks. Refreshments followed this.
EARTH SCIENCE WEEK
13-19TH OCTOBER 2002.
The University of the West Indies Student Chapter of the AAPG carried out its second project during Earth Science Week, which was from the 13th to 19th October 2002. Earth Science Week is a week dedicated to promoting environmental issues concerning our planet, and is endorsed by the American Geological Institute (AGI). The theme for this year’s Earth Science Week was “Water all around us”.
Coincidently, at the University, from the 16th to the 18th October, 2002, there was an Open Day activity, where students from all around the country visited the University to learn about the various faculties present, as well as the courses taken. This was the perfect opportunity to educate the students about the Student Chapter, the Petroleum Geoscience program and Earth Science Week.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) was called upon to help with this activity, and they responded by sending posters and brochures about various water hazards, and the necessary precautions to be taken. In addition to this, information and brochures from the Earth Science Week kit, provided by the AGI were used to inform the visiting students, and also to provide a visual aid to any explanations given.A special thank you is extended to NEMA for their contribution and also to a team of students from the chapter who were chosen to help organize this project. The team members were Vandena Rastogi, Kurt Rattansingh, Naila Haynes, Aruna Mannie, and Samantha Singh.