Finali Challenge Bowl 2011 a San Antonio

La coppia italiana quinta alla finale mondiale del Challenge Bowl a San Antonio

Daniela Mastellone e Stefania di Martino, in qualità di vincitrici del Challenge Bowl Regionale Italiano (Prato, Novembre 2010) hanno partecipato alle Finali del Challenge Bowl a San Antonio in occasione dell’ottantunesimo SEG Annual Meeting, 2011.

Il loro  viaggio é stato pagato dalla Sezione Italiana EAGE-SEG.

Leggi qui il loro racconto di questa fantastica esperienza.

Altre informazioni sulla finale mondiale del Challenge Bowl 2011 a Houston possono essere trovate sul sito SEG.

Daniela Mastellone e Stefania Di Martino raccontano


The Challenge Bowl Finals and the 81st SEG Annual Meeting in San Antonio: an unmissable experience!


Our road to San Antonio began last year in Prato, Italy, when our teacher Maurizio Fedi asked us to take part to the Italian Challenge Bowl. It goes without saying that we were not very confident, since we had to compete with students from other Italian universities and certainly the match would have been very narrow and arduous. On the contrary, beyond all expectation we came first in the competition even by a wide margin! We found this victory very rewarding, particularly because we had upheld the honour of our university. We were awarded a huge price, but above all we were given the chance to take part to the Challenge Bowl Finals during the 2011 Seg Annual Meeting in San Antonio, which would have been entirely patronized by ENI and EAGE-SEG Italian section.

The experience in San Antonio was very exciting! This was our first time in the USA, but despite this everyone made us feel welcome! As candidates to the challenge bowl, we were entitled to a free entry in all the planned events concerning the 81st Annual Meeting, from the oral and poster sessions to the student activities (job placement meetings, student networking dinners, social gatherings and much more). The Challenge Bowl Final round took place on 19th September afternoon. We were one of ten teams coming from all over the world, who had won regional competitions in Nigeria, Oklahoma, US Gulf Coast, Canada, East Africa, Europe and Latin America. The competition’s degree of difficulty was very high, since we were challenging with the best geophysics students of the world! We went over the first round and came equal fourth with other three teams, therefore we had to compete for a play-off round to decide which team would have taken part to the finals. Unfortunately, we didn’t succeed in gaining a place in the final round, but after all we were fifth in the world table! We were very proud of ourselves nonetheless, not only in view of the final ranking, but also because the other teams and their coaches, the industry recruiters as well as the audience congratulated us on our perseverance and qualifications.

The Challenge Bowl is a very important event, since it gives students the chance to meet in a professional framework, to exchange ideas end opinions about knowledge and personal experiences, to come into contact with the companies and above all to better understand the role geosciences play in the scientific and economic world setting.


Daniela Mastellone and Stefania Di Martino