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Baylor Geological Society

2014-2015 AAPG Student Chapter of the Year

The Baylor Geological Society - Student Chapter of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (BGS-AAPG) is a student-governed society that maintains an active interest in coordinating and participating in events and activities within the Geology Department.


The BGS-AAPG coordinates and hosts the following events:

1. Weekly Brownbag Seminar

These are weekly, informal, discussion driven meetings involving faculty and students designed for any graduate, undergraduate, or faculty to practice presentations, bounce around and solicit research ideas, and discuss current research.

2. Undergraduate Mentor Program

This program pairs an undergraduate with a graduate student for the academic year. Graduate students act as an additional resource for undergraduates seeking information about graduate school, career insight, presentation or writing feedback, networking, and general career and academic advice.

3. Visiting Professional Geoscientists

We strive to host professional geoscientists throughout the year to give talks on topics including: petroleum, alternative energy, and current research in many geology disciplines. Previous presentations have been given from professionals from Pioneer Natural Resources, Shell, ExxonMobil, Anadarko, Noble Energy, University of Wyoming, Sakarya University of Turkey, and BHL Boresight.

4. Community Service Outreach

The BGS has a long standing dedication to giving back to the Waco community. We participate in many volunteer activities including: home building with Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, canned food drives, and wrapping presents with Baylor’s Santa’s Workshop.

5. Social Gatherings

Our club activity has soared in recent years, and we like to show our appreciation to our members through planned social gatherings throughout the year. In past years, the BGS has hosted bowling nights, backyard barbeques, and tailgating at football games.

*We are always looking for new opportunities, if you have any suggestions or ideas for future talks, community service, etc. don’t hesitate to contact us!

News & Events

• For the latest news visit the BGS/AAPG Facebook Page.

2015-2016 Executives:

President: Caitlin Leslie (

Vice-President: Hunter Harlow (

Secretary: Ian Byram (

Treasurer: Nathan Benton (

Undergraduate Liaison: Mitch Barton (

Historian: Brittany Abbuhl (