5th Annual Student Quiz Bowl

Contact: Nick Block (nlblock@uchicago.edu)
Organizers: Nick Block, Lynnette Dornak, Pete Hosner
Date: Wednesday, 10 February 2010, 8:00 – 10:00 pm (follows Student-Professional Social)
Location: Golden Ballroom
Cost: Free, advance sign up required

Prizes: Each member of the top three teams will receive a prize package, with grand prizes for the winning team.

Participants: Participation is limited to registered student members in good standing in AOU, COS or SCO at the time of sign-up. We can accommodate nine teams for the competition, each with 3 members. Teams consisting of students with different areas of expertise will have the advantage because of the varied subject material 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.

Please note: You do not need a full team to sign up! If you would like to play but don't have a team, please e-mail us. We will put you in touch with other "free agents" so that everyone can play!

Description: In this Jeopardy-style quiz bowl, teams of 3 will compete to answer general knowledge questions on a variety of topics that somehow relate to birds, ranging from ornithological knowledge categories like Avian Morphology and Taxonomy to random categories like Mythical Birds and Avian Anagrams. Each of the 9 teams will participate in a timed match against 2 other teams where up to 25 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 accumulated points. 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 e-mail to Nicholas Block (nlblock@uchicago.edu) with “Student Quiz Bowl” in the subject line and the following information: (1) team name and (2) e-mail address and institution for each team member.