BME Graduate Student and UC Irvine College Bowl Club Celebrate Competition Successes

Team competes at tournaments to secure rank with top national schools

The UC Irvine College Bowl Club enjoyed a very successful fall 2007 quarter, competing against some of the best players in the nation in several College Bowl tournaments.  The team started off strong by winning a tournament at UCLA before competing at UC Berkeley and tying for third place with Berkeley’s team.  They also tied for third place with Stanford in a competition held at StanfordUniversity.  The team includes Dwight Wynne, first-year biomedical engineering graduate student from The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, and ten other students from other schools at UC Irvine.  

College Bowl is a game that involves at least two teams, usually made up of four players.  Questions are asked by a moderator about various subjects, drawing from every academic discipline as well as pop culture and current events; participants answer using a buzzer.  The UC Irvine College Bowl Club was founded in 1997 and is open to both undergraduates and graduates from all majors, with no experience needed.  The team practices once a week by forming teams and reading questions from previous tournaments in order to prepare for competitions.  

The UC Irvine College Bowl team also participated in two tournaments this winter.  At the Cardinal Classic, held on Feb. 2 at StanfordUniversity, a half-UCLA/half-UC Irvine team competed against other universities, including the University of Chicago, BrownUniversity, University of Illinois, and University of Maryland, finishing fifth out of 13 teams.  The team also competed at UC Berkeley on Feb. 9 in the regional qualifier for the National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) Intercollegiate Championship Tournament.  They placed third, which qualifies them for the tournament at WashingtonUniversity in St. Louis, Mo., on April 11.

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