Runge Award - Best Student Presentation (WGA)

About the Award

The Runge Award recognizes professional and scientific excellence in the student papers presented before the RMS-AAPG annual meeting, with particular emphasis on creative thinking toward new ideas in exploration. Established in 1975, the award is made to the student presenting the best paper as judged by a committee established for evaluation of papers at each meeting. The qualifications of the author or authors is defined as follows:

  1. The paper was prepared during the author’s enrollment in a college or university.
  2. The abstract was submitted to the Section during enrollment or no later than one year following the end of the last semester of enrollment of the author.
  3. If more than one author participated on the paper, all authors must meet the above qualifications. The award is an engraved plaque which is presented to the recipient at the next meeting of the RMS-AAPG. The award is provided by John S. Runge, petroleum geologist, Casper, Wyoming.

Previous Winners

2017

Ben Dellenbach for the best student presentation at the 2016 RMS-AAPG Meeting in Las Vegas, NV: “An outcrop to subsurface stratigraphic analysis of the Niobrara Formation, Sand Wash Basin, Colorado.”

2016

Elena C. Finley and Stephen A. Sonnenberg for the presentation titled, Permian Salt Dissolution in Silo Field, Laramie County, Wyoming. This award, sponsored by the Wyoming Geological Association (WGA), recognizes professional and scientific excellence in student papers presented at the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, with particular emphasis on creative thinking toward new ideas in exploration. It was established in 1975 by John S. Runge, a petroleum geologist in Casper, Wyoming. Ms. Finley presented their oral paper at the 2014 annual meeting in Denver, Colorado. Ms. Finley completed her MS in Geology from the Colorado School of Mines and her BS in Geology from the University of Wyoming. Her graduate studies focused on characterizing both the Niobrara Formation and the Permian salt edge at Silo Field using a 3-D seismic survey. She has been published in the American Oil and Gas Reporter. Ms. Finley is currently employed at Encana Corporation in Denver.

2015

Runge Award is not awarded for meetings held in conjunction with the ACE AAPG meeting.

2014

Elena C. Finley and Stephen A. Sonnenberg, both of Colorado School of Mines, for the presentation Permian Salt Dissolution in Silo Field, Laramie County, Wyoming.

2013

2013 award presented in 2014 to John L. McFadden by WGA President Julie Lemaster. John L. McFadden Jr.,University of Colorado at Boulder; John L McFadden, Jr.*, Rex D. Cole, Matthew J. Pranter, Reservoir-scale Facies and Stratigraphic Architecture of the Middle and Upper Williams Fork Formation, Upper Philadelphia Creek, Douglas Creek Arch, Colorado

2012

Alyssa Franklin, Colorado School of Mines; Alyssa Franklin & Stephen Sonnenberg, “Bakken and Three Forks petroleum development, production and potential, western Williston Basin, northeastern Montana”.

2012 Award presented in 2013 to Alyssa Franklin, by RMSAAPG President Michael Vandenberg

2010

Sophie Hancock, Department of Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO for the presentation: In Situ Recovery: Hydrologic Aspects of Producing a Deposit with a Fault System

2008

Sara M. Smaltz, Department of Geosciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO and Eric A. Erslev, Department of Geosciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO for the presentation: Structural controls on detachment folds associated with foreland arches: Beaver Creek Anticline, Wyoming

2007 

Daniel JK Ross University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC and co-author R. Marc Bustin for the paper titled Evaluating the Shale Gas Resource Potential in Western Canada

2006

Hanna Ross, M. D. Zoback: Sub-Hydrostatic Pore Pressure in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming and Montana, and Implications for Re-injection of Coalbed Methane Produced Water

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