IUPUI Academic Bowl features record 22 teams in test of knowledge
INDIANAPOLIS -- A record number of 22 teams of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis students will put their academic talents on public display Saturday, Nov. 16, as they compete in IUPUI's fourth annual Academic Bowl.
The local competition, presented by the IUPUI Honors College Student Council but open to all IUPUI students, takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the IUPUI Campus Center, 450 University Blvd.
The four-member teams will face off in three sets of round-robin events, with the top four teams progressing to the single elimination semifinals. The opening rounds will be held in various rooms at the IUPUI Campus Center. All matches are open to the general public.
The competition's format is similar to that of the TV show "Jeopardy," said IUPUI biomedical engineering junior Leandro Moretti, who competed on one of the 14 teams in the 2012 event. Contest questions, provided by writers and editors with National Academic Quiz Tournaments, will cover math, science and liberal arts, along with popular culture, sports and current events. IUPUI faculty will serve as moderators.
"It is a fun way to show your knowledge and to compete with other students," said Moretti, the student coordinator for this year's event.
This year's competition is expected to be "pretty intense," he said. "People should come to check it out."
The finals of the IUPUI competition will take place in the IUPUI Campus Center Theatre, on the basement level. Officials expect the top two teams will begin the final round at about 2:30 p.m.
Contest prizes, sponsored by the IUPUI Honors College, are $500 for each member of the winning team and $250 for each member of the runner-up team. Kaplan, an Academic Bowl sponsor, will also award door prizes.
The winning team will advance to the regional level of the national quiz bowl championships organized by National Academic Quiz Tournaments. Regional competition takes place Feb. 8, 2014, at the University of Chicago.