PetroBowl matches SPE student chapter teams against each other in a fast-paced quiz competition. 

The competing teams are challenged to answer both technical and non-technical questions associated with the oil and gas industry. Hosted annually at SPE ATCE by the Gulf Coast Section Young Professionals, the event has grown in size and popularity since its debut in 2002.”  


The PetroBowl Championship takes place during the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. The top two teams of each regional qualifier earn seeded placement in the bracket of the Championship contest and a sponsored trip to ATCE.

An additional 18 teams will receive placement, and a 50% sponsored trip to the Championship based on their Regional Qualifier performance.

Please note: Under the new format, teams can no longer enter the Championship by completing the online quiz and application process. All teams must successfully participate in their Regional Qualifier to compete in the PetroBowl Championship at ATCE.


2002 — Texas Tech University 
2003 — Texas A&M University 
2004 — Montana Tech 
2005 — Texas A&M University 
2006 — Colorado School of Mines 
2007 — University of Oklahoma 
2008 — University of Oklahoma 
2009 — University of Texas at Austin 
2010 — University of Oklahoma 
2011 — University of Texas at Austin 
2012 — Colorado School of Mines 
2013 — Colorado School of Mines 
2014 — University of Tulsa


Region Contest Date Registration Deadline In Conjunction With
North America 7 Feb 2015 23 Jan 2015 1st place: University of Calgary
2nd place: Colorado School of Mines
View full bracket (pdf). 
Middle East 9 March 2015 9 Feb 2015

1st place: King Abdullah
2nd place: Texas A&M Qatar
View full bracket (pdf).

Africa 14 Mar 2015 2 Feb 2015

1st place: Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun 
2nd place: Federal University of Technology 
View full bracket (pdf).

Europe 17 March 2015 17 Feb 2015

1st place: Delft University 
2nd place: Khazar University 
View full bracket (pdf).

Asia Pacific 7 May 2015 3 April 2015

1st Place: China University of Petroleum Beijing
2nd Place: China University of Petroleum Huadong (CUPH)
View full bracket (pdf).

Latin America and Caribbean

27 June 2015

29 May 2015

Held in conjunction with the Brasil Offshore Conference Macaé, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 23–26 June 2015. The contest will take place at the Windsor Guanabara Hotel in Rio de Janeiro.



Here is a suggested list of study materials as possible sources of questions: