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What is the Energy Coalition?

The Energy Coalition is a student organization that works towards solidifying UH's position internationally as The Energy University. The Energy Coalition was formed to bring together students from various colleges and organizations who plan to pursue careers in the energy industry. It fosters communication and collaboration among students who, though pursuing similar career paths, may otherwise never have the opportunity to work together and learn from each other. The largest student group on campus, the Energy Coalition has 34 member student organizations and over 5,000 student members, both undergraduate and graduate, from six colleges across campus. The Energy Coalition’s Executive Board also serves as Energy Ambassadors for UH Energy.


Our Mission

We are the Energy Coalition. The University of Houston has several Colleges that excel Individually, but rarely do Colleges communicate and collaborate with one another. We are that solution. As the Energy Coalition, we are the first collaborative environment that fosters multidisciplinary communication and collaborations amongst various colleges and organizations.

We are the largest student organization on campus with over 5,000 members campus wide. With over 34 student organizations being a part of the coalition, we are a one-stop-outlet to a wide variety of multidisciplinary opinions.


Makpal Sariyeva, Chair | Energy Coalition

Image of Energy Coalition Chair Makpal Sariyeva

Makpal Sariyeva is a senior Petroleum Engineering student. She is the 2020-2021 Chair of Energy Coalition. She served as the President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers University of Houston Student Chapter during the 2019-2020 year. As the President of UH-SPE, she led the Executive board that has executed a total of 86 successful events and won 7 first time awards through the teamwork of 34 board leaders.

In addition, she is on the Dean’s list for her academic performance and a recipient of the Provost Undergraduate Research Scholarship through the Honors College. This summer, she is interning with UH Energy focusing on Carbon Capture, Use & Storage project. She hopes to continue her personal and professional development while giving back to the community and impacting the growth of the University of Houston.

Ms. Sariyeva is an undergraduate research scholar, with a strong interest in the Energy Industry and a desire to contribute to developing solutions to its challenging problems. Her subject on analyzing the relationship between the child and parent wells in Texas won 5 awards within one semester, including the following wins:

  • 1st in Society of Petroleum Engineers - Gulf Coast Section North America Region Student Paper Contest (SPC). This is the first time a University of Houston Undergraduate student will represent the Gulf Coast Region at the Society of Petroleum Engineers International SPC Championship at ATCE
  • 1st in Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts (SPWLA) International SPC where she represented the University of Houston Undergraduate Division at the International level for the first time

Major Recurring Events


Searching for an internship or a full-time job? The Energy Coalition host Energy Career Fairs, in collaboration with University Career Services. There will be companies from every aspect of energy in attendance, looking to hire full time, part time, and interns for the energy sector.


Students will have the opportunity to learn about the Energy Coalition, the University of Houston, the city of Houston itself and how all three tie together to create the Energy Capital of the World. We host various speakers from different sectors of the energy industry. Speakers from past energy nights include Jack English - Former Exploration Manager at Chevron, Trevor Hicks - Managing Director at Stonebridge and more! We also give an opportunity for our members to win some great prizes.


A night of great food, networking and celebration! At the Energy Banquet we hand out scholarships and celebrate the world of energy. Our guests include students, esteemed alumni, CEO's of energy companies around the Houston area, government officials, and many more!

Major Achievements

  • Received Official Certificate of Congressional Recognition from The United States House of Representatives.
  • Largest energy-focused (independent of national chapter) student organization in the country.
  • First Ever Student Group to be honored with podium time at Houston Wildcatters Event.