4th Annual Student Quiz Bowl

This event is open to all AOU2009 conference attendees.

Organized by: The AOU Student Affairs Committee
Sponsored by: The Ornithological Council, Philadelphia Zoo
Contact: Nicholas Block (nlblock@uchicago.edu)
Date & Time: 13 August 2008 (Thursday) at 20:00-22:00
Location: Peacock Pavilion, Philadelphia Zoo
Cost: Free!!
Prizes: Each member of the top three teams will receive a prize package, with grand prizes for the winning team.

A shot of last year's quiz bowl participants

Participants: Participation is limited to current students who are members in good standing in one of the AOU at the time of sign-up. We can accommodate 9 teams for the competition, each with 3 members. Teams consisting of students with different areas of expertise will do best because of the varied subject matter of the questions. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other students, participate in the conference, and show off your knowledge. Participation will be based on a first-come first-served basis, so get your teams together early. You do not need to present a talk or poster to sign up, but you do need to be registered for the conference and a student member of one of the societies in good standing at the time of sign up, no exceptions!

Description: This will be a Jeopardy-style quiz bowl. In this quiz bowl, teams of three will compete to answer general knowledge questions on topics that may include: avian structure and function, morphology, behavior, taxonomy, genetics, identification of birds by sight or sound, birds in the news, famous ornithologists, and birds in popular culture. Each of the 9 teams will participate in a timed match against 2 other teams where up to 25 general ornithological knowledge questions will be asked. The point values of the questions will vary, with more difficult questions being worth a higher point value. At the end of each timed match, one final question will be asked where teams can wager up to all of their point value. The winning teams from each first-round match will then play in the championship round that will be played in the same manner as the first round.

How to sign up: Send an email to Nicholas Block (nlblock@uchicago.edu) with “Student Quiz Bowl” in the subject line and the following information: (1) team name and (2) email address, institution, and the OSNA member number for each team member.

Note:given logistical constraints, play is limited to the first 9 teams that sign up.