Student representatives of Stephen F. Austin State University’s Division of Environmental Science placed fourth at a student competition held during the Society of Petroleum Engineer’s Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility Conference held in New Orleans.
The challenging, four-hour quiz bowl featured students from six universities including Colorado School of Mines, Louisiana State University, Oklahoma State University, Texas Tech and the University of Oklahoma. The competition focused on three topic areas: the environment, social responsibility, and health and safety. This was SFA’s first time participating in the event, which is traditionally dominated by petroleum and environmental engineering programs.
Dr. Kenneth Farrish, Arnold Distinguished Professor and director of SFA’s Division of Environmental Science, said the five participating SFA students did an excellent job representing the university and the environmental science program throughout the extremely competitive event and narrowly missed a third place ranking.
The competition’s final rankings are as follows:
1st - Colorado School of Mines
2nd - University of Oklahoma
3rd - Texas Tech University
4th - Stephen F. Austin State University
5th - Oklahoma State University
6th - Louisiana State University
Pictured left to right are Conner Marx, Brianna Bueno, Craig Sterling, Sheryll Jerez, associate professor of environmental science, Dr. Kenneth Farrish, Arnold Distinguished Professor and director of SFA’s Division of Environmental Science, Dr. Jeremy Higgins, director of environmental health and safety at SFA, Jill Pickett and Megan McCombs.