The SPE-GCS Education Committee is responsible for determining the best use of Gulf Coast Section funds for recruiting and retaining students to be engineers for the oil and gas industry.  

The Education Committee accomplishes this through support of various programs in the section's primary and secondary schools and engineering programs at the community college and university levels encouraging students to develop their abilities in math, science, and engineering through scholarships, internships, and outreach.



SPE Gulf Coast Section (SPE-GCS) Scholarship Fund - 2015-2016 NEW INITIATIVE

Helping Our Petroleum Engineering Students with their Future Careers

If you would like to make a donation for the SPE-GCS Scholarship Fund, please Go to the SPE-GCS Scholarship Fund Donation page or Download the Scholarship Fund Donation Form.  All donations are tax-deductible. 

Visit the SPE-GCS Scholarship Fund Page for additional information.


SPE-GCS Education Committee


Determine best use of GCS funds for recruiting, training and retaining engineers for the oil and gas E&P industry.

SPE-GCS Strategic Plan

  • University Programs
  • Scholarships
  • Preparation For Big Crew Changes
  • K-12 Outreach

 SPE-GCS Continuing Needs

  • Elementary - Favorable impression / interest in math / science and oil / gas
  • Middle School - Math - get through Algebra!
  • High School - Industry interest / scholarships / high school recruiting fairs
  • Junior/Community College - Untapped talent pool?
  • University - Faculty, especially young / new

SPE-GCS Scholarships

The SPE-GCS Scholarship is dedicated to increasing interest in the petroleum industry among graduating high school seniors and retaining students currently enrolled in petroleum-related academic disiplines.

Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are now being accepted. For more details, contact Jennifer Pinnick, Scholarship Committee Chair ( or click on this link:

SPE-GCS Scholarship Applications

SPE-GCS Internships

The SPE-GCS Internship Commitee works to secure internships for the new SPE-GCS scholarship recipients. Students who express interest in doing internships will be recommended to companies for consideration.

The SPE-GCS Internship Committee is also looking for internships for Houston Community College PetroTech students. These students need to have an internship to graduate.  Let us know if can offer any internships to HCC PetroTech students.

If you are a company representative and are interested in sponsoring internships or scholarships please contact David Li, Internship Committee Chair (

For Internship Sponsorship Opportunities, Click here!

SPE-GCS HS Recruiting Fairs

The SPE-GCS HS Recruiting Fairs Committee organizes annual petroleum engineering recruiting fairs in the Houston area in the Fall to encourage high school students to consider careers in petroleum engineering.

The HS Recruiting Fairs are typically a two-hour program with a 30-minute program of speakers that has a variety of perspectives, including recent graduates, industry leaders and university recruiters

In the past, university recruiters at the fairs have included Colorado School of Mines, Louisiana State University, Marietta College, Montana Tech, University of Oklahoma, Penn State, University of Texas-Austin, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, University of Tulsa and University of Missouri-Rolla

For more information about the upcoming HS Recruiting Fairs, contact Kory Izard ( and Denise Earles (, HS Recruiting Fair Committee Co-Chairs or visit the 2016 Annual SPE-GCS HS Recruiting Fair Event Page to register or volunteer.

SPE-GCS Student Chapters

SPE-GCS High School Mentoring Program

Are you interested in supporting your local high school in math and science? The SPE-GCS has a program that will meet your aspirations!

This HS STEM Education is an in-class tutoring program where volunteer tutors work with teachers and help them explain the concepts to the students and give them more individual attention in "on-level" Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Math, Engineering, and some AP. For more information visit the HS Volunteer Mentoring Program webpage.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Dick Murphy, SPE-GCS Program Coordinator, at

To learn more about this program watch this YouTube video: 

Position Name Phone
Chair Jennifer Pinnick 251-377-3692
Past Chair Simeon Eburi
Treasurer Eric Robken 713-540-6398
Program Chair Eric Robken
Program Chair Richard Murphy HS STEM Education - Tutoring Program
Program Chair Misa uribe CISH Liaison (832-564-6001)
Program Chair Jeanne Perdue UH Liaison (713-215-7348)
Program Chair Jeanne Perdue HCC Liaison (713-215-7348)
Program Chair Jeanne Perdue Lone Star Liaison (713-215-7348)