Chair's Corner - December 2019

Chair's Corner - December 2019

Become an SPE Member

Having an SPE membership is invaluable, and the Gulf Coast Section takes pride in being one of the largest and most active SPE sections in the world. There are dozens of technical lunch-and-learns every month, as well as more in-depth conferences and symposiums covering a variety of disciplines. The cost to attend these events is low compared to peer events, but with an SPE membership, you also receive additional discounts. There are many networking opportunities with professionals at every level, and you can volunteer within SPE through community service outreach or by sharing your technical knowledge.

SPE members receive access to several resources (including discounts), such as the JPT magazine, OnePetro, which houses our SPE papers, PetroWiki and the SPE Bookstore. Being an SPE member allows you to stay up to date on industry trends, operational changes and emerging technologies. Members can also receive individual recognition by writing an SPE paper or receive an industry award for technical expertise or service to our field.

I'm personally very proud to be a member of the SPE community because I truly believe in what SPE stands for. I'm continually impressed with the quality of products and technical knowledge that SPE brings to our challenging industry.

Renewal deadlines for SPE membership are approaching as we head into the year-end holiday season. It's important to renew your membership on time so there's no lapse in membership benefits. I also encourage you to reach out to fellow coworkers, friends and neighbors within our industry who are not members and ask them to join.

To renew or sign up for your SPE membership, please visit

SPE-GCS Scholarship Program

The Gulf Coast Section is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2020-2021 academic year. Our section is committed to recruiting and retaining talented students to join the oil and gas industry, and our scholarship program is one of the ways we carry out that commitment.

To apply for the SPE Gulf Coast Section Scholarship, you must:

  • Be a graduating high school senior
  • Be planning to study science or engineering as a freshman in college for the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Have a permanent address in one of the 29 counties in the Gulf Coast Section
  • Be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident

Visit the web address below to learn how to apply – and good luck!

Until next month,

Gabrielle Morrow