The future of the crude oil and natural gas industry depends upon science. New discoveries in geology help to accurately predict crude oil and natural gas reserves. Physics and engineering advances have created safe and efficient ways to retrieve, transport and store natural gas and crude oil. Chemistry has produced new uses such as plastics and fabrics that translate into consumer products such as soccer balls, football helmets, polyester-filled sleeping bags and nylon tents. Synthetic compounds (petrochemicals) have produced fertilizers and pesticides that have increased crop yields and sulfa drugs that have conquered infectious diseases.

By supporting the Ohio Academy of Science’s (OAC) STEM Science Day Awards, the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program hopes to support the best and the brightest Ohio science students. These future scientists will hold the keys to tomorrow’s energy solutions!

OOGEEP supports the school science fair programs by offering students information on ideas and resources for crude oil and natural gas related projects, sponsoring OAC’s STEM state science fair Award #139, and judging at the state science fair. Criteria for selection of OOGEEP’s Award #139 includes:  outstanding work or knowledge gained about natural gas and/or crude oil in the areas of geology, engineering, chemistry, microbiology, physics and environmental sciences. Learn more about this award through the Ohio Academy of Science.


  • Geology/Geophysics


    • Using the Seismic Method for Oil and Gas Exploration
    • Porosity and Permeability: Does crude oil and natural gas really come from rocks?
    • Natural Radiation of Rocks

  • Engineering


    • Rock Mechanics: Crushing Strength, Bending Strength, Shear Strength, etc. and their Interrelationships
    • Cement Chemistry: What Cement Characteristics Work Best for Which Job?
    • Pump Design: Getting Crude Oil and Natural Gas out of sand

  • Chemistry/Biology


    • Oil Chemistry: Reasons and Uses for the Different Colors of Oil
    • Natural Gas Chemistry: Methane, Ethane, Propane, Butane — What are their properties and Uses?
    • Petrochemicals (Various Compounds of Hydrogen and Carbon): the Building Blocks of Acrylic, Nylon, Polyester, Plastics, Paints and Fertilizers

state science fair awards

Congratulations to the 2017 OOGEEP State Science Day Award Winners
(Ohio Academy of Science’s Award #139) held on May 13, 2017.

  • 1st Place (Team)
    Aaron Charnay & Benjamin Charnay
  • 1st Place
    Abigail Myers
  • 2nd Place
    Kylie Gallagher
  • 2nd Place
    Eliana Watt
  • 3rd Place
    Lauren Dalton
  • Honorable Mention
    Gloria Burgdorf
  • Honorable Mention (Team)
    Charley Clyne & Wyatt Vick
  • Honorable Mention (Team)
    Jonathon Coates & Kyle Fuller
  • Honorable Mention
    Maeve Gaffney
  • Honorable Mention
    Mikhayla Henry
  • Honorable Mention
    Matthew Koon
  • Honorable Mention
    Gavin Parr
  • Honorable Mention
    Lav Patel
  • Honorable Mention
    Jacob Queiser
  • Honorable Mention
    Cassidy Smith
  • Honorable Mention (Team)
    Amelia Surabhi & Vaishnavi Kavoori

(Please note: addresses and schools are not shown in order to protect the identity of these students.)