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Fostering Bioengineering through a Quiz Bowl: the 1st Annual BQB
The Concept and Mission of a “Bioengineering Quiz Bowl”
Quiz Bowls are fairly common annual events at both the college and high school levels. Typically, Quiz Bowls engage teams of four individuals, paired against other teams, in matches where answers to questions are awarded points, and a winning team emerges after a certain contest duration. Traditionally, quiz bowls have involved a teams of students competing to demonstrate academic superiority. Prizes for Quiz Bowl winners and champions typically include a trophy, and sometimes a grant to the winning school. Quiz Bowls provide the opportunity for individual teams to demonstrate their intellectual prowess, while providing the audience with an entertaining and informative forum.
Quiz Bowls have been held for more than fifty years in a variety of settings. The first College Quiz Bowl match was played on October 10, 1953 and broadcast on NBC radio; in this first event, Northwestern University defeated Columbia University 135-60. During recent years, the winners of the College Bowl have included teams from a variety of schools, including University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Chicago, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and University of California-Los Angeles. Another organization, the National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT), organizes both high school and college national quiz bowl championships across North America with most major universities competing in the NAQT Intercollegiate Championship Tournament.
Quiz Bowls typically involve questions on diverse subjects. These subjects span literature, history, math, social sciences, fine arts, geography, and philosophy, to name a few. The College Bowl, run and operated by College Bowl Company, emphasizes short questions on academics, current events, pop culture, and general knowledge. Quiz Bowls focused on particular disciplines are fairly uncommon. In 2005, one of the co-authors of this paper (Anish Jina, then, an undergraduate student at UCSD) conceived the idea of a Quiz Bowl focused on Bioengineering. An internet search and queries to faculty in Spring 2005 yielded no prior Quiz Bowls with a focus on Bioengineering. The idea of such a Quiz Bowl was quickly endorsed by UCSD Faculty and also the UCSD Undergraduate Student Chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (UCSD BMES). Jina was designated as the chair of the organizing committee. Other members of the BQB Committee, Kevin Huang, Alex Varond, Reetu Singh, and John Yamauchi, planned the publicity, venue, technical equipment needed for the contests, refreshments, and sponsorship.
One of the first challenges was to establish an overall goal for the Quiz Bowl event. The organizing committee establisheded the following mission statement, “to establish a tradition in the UCSD Department of Bioengineering that will foster recognition of advances in bioengineering, enhance industry and alumni networks, cultivate solidarity within the community, and enliven bioengineering spirit.”  This mission statement indicated that the event was envisioned to be not only a contest, but also a nucleating activity for Bioengineering in general, extending to alumni, industry, and the community.
Sah, R., & Lin, J., & Temple, M., & Chuong, E., & Jina, A. (2007, June), Fostering Bioengineering Through A Quiz Bowl: The 1 St Annual Bqb Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. https://peer.asee.org/2826
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